Aged 75 and told 'no blue badge'

Aged 75 and told 'no blue badge'

Aged 75 and told 'no blue badge'

First published in Letters

HAVING read in the Guardian, June 4 edition, of the girl having her disabled badge taken off her, I can sympathise as this happened to me when mine came up for renewal.

I had to be assessed and it was decided that I didn’t need one, having had one for three years. This caused me considerable hardship.

I can get from my car and into Asda with the help of the trolley and my walking stick.

I suffer from angina, atrial fibrillation, arthritis in my legs, feet, knees, hands and neck and am waiting for a replacement knee.

I am trying to be independent for as long as I can but it is not easy.

I cannot walk far and am housebound to a degree.

I can’t believe that we live in a society so uncaring of our old and disabled people.

I am 75 years old. What gain is it to the council to put me through this?

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9:31pm Fri 20 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

The reason why the authorities are finding it necessary to tighten up the issue of blue badges is that there are now so many over-weight people riding around on electric scooters.

This is a genuine concern of mine and has been for some time.

The way things are going we will all be needing assisted mobility because of eating too much lard, sugar and pies.

I predict that in the near future a special tax will have to be levied on these items to fund the increasing burden on our social services resulting from people over-eating.

In the short term it may be found beneficial to place the offending commodities out of reach of the passing shopper - this is what responsible retailers have already done to some degree. (e.g. they do not display tempting acid drops, toffee etc. near the cash register as one leaves the shop.
The reason why the authorities are finding it necessary to tighten up the issue of blue badges is that there are now so many over-weight people riding around on electric scooters. This is a genuine concern of mine and has been for some time. The way things are going we will all be needing assisted mobility because of eating too much lard, sugar and pies. I predict that in the near future a special tax will have to be levied on these items to fund the increasing burden on our social services resulting from people over-eating. In the short term it may be found beneficial to place the offending commodities out of reach of the passing shopper - this is what responsible retailers have already done to some degree. (e.g. they do not display tempting acid drops, toffee etc. near the cash register as one leaves the shop. hectorplain
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