Keep this in mind when you read this post. I am 25 years old. I will be graduating from College in May with a BA in Spanish and a minor in linguistics. I have had several full time job interviews, and will be traveling a considerable distance independently next week to partake in a second interview as a follow up to a phone interview conducted a few months ago. I have lived alone in an apartment, paying my own bills, cooking my own food, cleaning up, and otherwise living as a self-sufficient adult. I just got back from 2 and a half months in Mexico finishing my last semester of college. I payed for the whole thing myself and made all the arrangements myself. All anyone had to do was drop me off and pick me up at the airport. I am also legally blind and use a guide dog.
I bought an iPad 2 a few days after it came out, and when it arrived (several weeks later) it was defective. I returned it, and since they didn’t have any in stock at the time, they gave me a gift card. I went a time or two to see if they had any, but I was told that if I wanted one, I’d have to get there early to beat the crowds.
Now, as an aside that will make sense later: not being able to drive, and not living close to any viable public transit means I have to essentially live according to other peoples’ schedules. I can only go anywhere when it’s convenient for someone else to take me. I don’t mean that my friends and family don’t care about me, just that it’s inevitable that my desire to go to the apple store will be trumped by their need to go to work. Now, this morning, it was finally convenient for my dad to take me early.
Now, of course we got there a little too late, and my dad, apparently wishing to be assertive for me, asked to see the manager and proceeded to “berate” him about how I never got an ipad when I would go. I’m using quotes because my dad never yells or is rude, he just gets more insistent when he is deliberately inconvenienced.
From my perspective, standing there with my guide dog, I felt like the poor disabled kid whose dad has to come to school to set things straight with the teacher. Remember what I said earlier about my age and credentials. I DEFINITELY don’t look like a little kid.
Now i get to be that guy that all the employees hear about during break. I take pains not to be “that guy” when interacting with retail employees. Having a dog makes me conspicuous as it is.