You don’t know why I’m taking the elevator today

By way of Obesity Panacea comes this story: A woman was mocked for “lazily” using a Segway scooter to push a stroller. It turns out that she’s a cancer survivor and one of her legs is a prosthetic.

It made me think of how disabled people sometimes have problems with people assuming that they’re disabled because they’re fat, when often they gained weight after becoming disabled. All too often, people like to think that they know why other people are doing things, and they like to think other people are lazy so they can feel superior. I wonder how often less extreme cases of the same phenomenon in the Gizmodo story happen: for example, how many people take the elevator instead of the stairs because of pain issues, even temporary ones, while others tsk-tsk to themselves about how lazy they are?

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