Thursday, August 10, 2006

How inappropriate can you get?

Normally I am only mildly irritated by being told to "Have a nice day" by people I neither know nor care about, apart from the role they have to play in meeting my daily needs for information, goods or services. But today I was roused to something approaching fury.

I was speaking to the Social Services Department at my local County Council. As always, it had taken telephone calls and delays over several days to reach the person I needed. I was looking for information which I consider we should have been given without having to ask. We were talking about someone who is very old and ill, and who has been referred for full-time nursing care, being no longer fit to live alone in his own home. We had perforce touched on such subjects as his deteriorating physical condition, his mental confusion, commodes, wheelchairs, and financial assessments. And I am not a social worker, I am his wife.

But at the end of our conversation this person says to me ... "Enjoy your day"! Does she think I am going through all this for FUN?

5 comments:

Richard said...

You can get very inappropriate indeed. There have been cases recently whereby folk have been prosecuted for not displaying their blue disabled badges correctly. My other half's is kept in a holder but this is wrong because the two parts cannot be displayed in an fashion legible by traffic wardens and car park attendants. Crewe abide by this policy and I am desperately waiting for her to get caught because I am dying for a ruck with the council on this. What are they scared of getting? A crick neck? To be eligible for a blue badge one is meant not to be able to walk 100 yards without a rest.What an absolute insult.

Judith said...

Sod it! That's a real "jobsworth" mentality isn't it? It might be fun to put together a collection in this genre. If I get any more interesting comments I might make a piece out of it.

Thanks for the warning by the way. Tomorrow I have to take my very elderly and frail husband to hospital for a clinic, and he will need a wheelchair for travelling down the corridors. If I had thought before to apply for a blue badge I could have left my car at the hospital door. As it is I have to park it and get a porter with a wheelchair and prop up my husband while he waits, and I just don't know how I'm going to manage. I shall be getting a disabled badge p.d.q.now!

Judith said...

Afterthought - to be fair: could it be something about needing to see both parts of the badge to prevent fraudulent use? There is certainly abuse of disabled badges going on. But the legitimate holder should still come first.

Richard said...

It is so, Judith but the holder displays both parts, the clock and the serial number side. With the best will in the world, one can't display both sides of the actual badge at once. The badge does say that the "front" should be displayed for checking purposes but then declines to say which part is the front, the photo side or the serial number side. A recent newspaper report suggested that the badge had been displayed at the wrong angle and that seems remarkably petty.

Nea said...

You have touched on one of my pet peeves.........arggggggg. I actually had a police man after giving me a ticket say, well have a nice day............yeh right.

Such and over used comment and basically means nothing to me and actually causes me angst.......

Here in the US, I see plenty of people WITH disabled parking stickers, jump out of their cars and march right along. i guess there are people who get them that really should be allowed. i would think they would feel guilty. When there are people who really need them. I feel for you, it is hard to manage in your situation. Personally I would think that even if you don't have your sticker yet, anyone with eye sight can see your need. I would think it would be a cold hearted person who would begrudge you the use of the special needs parking in your situation.