Monday, May 2, 2016

Witnessing Discrimination

On Saturday, Lyn went bowling with her respite provider and another client.  They like to go bowling together because the two clients get along well and both enjoy the activity.  At the end of the activity, Lyn went to the counter and asked to have a printout of her scores as she does each time she bowls.

The other client asked if her scores could also be printed out.  When the other client went to get her scores printed, the individual behind the counter told her they didn't do that.  If she wanted her scores, she needed to write them down.  Lyn was confused because she had her scores in hand.  She tells me she felt like she had done something wrong.

Lyn's respite provider realized that the other client had just been discriminated against.  Lyn's blond and blue eyed.  The other client is Hispanic.  The respite provider went to the counter and spoke with the bowling alley manager, pointing out the blatant discrimination and the unacceptable actions taken by the employee in question.  The manager apologized and provided the other client with a printout of her scores.  However, the respite provider made it clear that they will not return to that particular alley for bowling in the future.  There are a number of alleys in town and they have options.

After the conversation, Lyn asked if she had done something wrong.  Lyn knew her respite provider was very upset and she was afraid she had been the cause of it.  Lyn calmed down when she was assured that she had done nothing wrong.  She was advised that the bowling alley had not treated everyone nicely or in the same manner.  This made Lyn upset but she's accepted the explanation that the problem has been addressed.

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