At a pedestrian crossing.
Me: can I get to the box please?
Man: there’s a road.
Me: (sarcastically)Yes I know there’s a road.
The signal sounded so I started to cross.
Man: Next time I’ll push you in front of a fucking car.
Me: Sorry what did you say?
I then had to listen to a 5 minute tirade from this man. He blocked my path & wasn't going to let me leave until he'd finished lecturing me. He lectured me about how ungrateful I was & how he was only trying to help. 2/?
Because I wasn't instantly grateful for this man pointing out that there was a road he threatened to injure me. 4/?
Disabled people don't owe you gratitude. We don't have to accept your help. We don't need or want your observations & thoughtless interventions. 5/?
But this is what happens when we reject this "kindness". We get lectured & threatened. 6/?
This paternalistic ableism is embedded in our society. 8/?
But I refuse to be silenced. I reported the bigot to the police.