A netizen who faces visual impairment due to an eye condition, shared his story on September 7th about how he got scolded by a bus driver for flagging it late.
The Challenge of Visual Impairment
The netizen, like many individuals with visual impairments, faces daily challenges that most of us take for granted. Due to his cataract and eye condition, he encounters difficulty in discerning details from a distance. For him, identifying the bus number is a task that requires proximity.
On that day, as he approached the bus bay, he could only see the bus number when it was nearly upon him.
In a rush to ensure he didn’t miss his ride, he flagged down the bus, albeit a tad late. This small delay, however, led to an unfortunate encounter with the bus driver.
The Harsh Encounter
The bus driver, unaware of his visual impairment, scolded him for flagging down the bus so late. The driver’s frustration was evident as he questioned his timing.
The netizen, feeling unfairly targeted, tried to explain his condition to the driver, emphasizing that his visual impairment made it impossible for him to see the bus number clearly from a distance.
A Call for Understanding
In his TikTok post, he made a heartfelt plea to all bus drivers and public transportation personnel. He expressed his hope that they could be more patient and understanding when dealing with people who have eye conditions.
His experience serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by those with disabilities and the importance of empathy in our daily interactions.
Amidst this disheartening encounter, there was a glimmer of hope. Another passenger who witnessed the incident approached him with words of support and kindness.
She encouraged him not to take the bus driver’s behavior to heart, and he was deeply touched by this compassionate gesture and expressed his gratitude for the stranger’s kindness.