[nagdu] Trying to understand: denial of access bad allergies

Daryl Marie crazymusician at shaw.ca
Tue Aug 25 18:05:49 UTC 2015


As someone who has worked with, or received services from, people with moderate to severe allergies and/or fear of dogs, my opinion is as follows:

1) If the allergy is completely legitimate, it is up to the Uber driver (in this case) to wait with you until another ride arrives, IMHO.
2) Severe allergies like this are admittedly rare, but do happen.  A friend of mine has kids, one of whom has moderate allergies to dogs, and they aren't sure if it's the fur or the saliva that causes the allergic reaction.
3) Fear of dogs is a bit stickier, because there is something psychological related to a fear.  I can't say I will ever understand it, but I have the utmost respect for people who are afraid of dogs and choose to serve me anyway.



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From: Aleeha Dudley via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
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Cc: Aleeha Dudley <blindcowgirl1993 at gmail.com>
Sent: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:55:28 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: [nagdu] Trying to understand: denial of access bad allergies

Hello all, 
Can you guys weigh in on this? I have been severely criticized and called selfish for my opinion on this matter. This especially has to do with denial of access to uber vehicles, but could also have implications elsewhere. 
Let's start with a hypothetical situation. I request a ride with the uber app. As I do not think it is necessary, I do not inform the driver that I am accompanied by my dog. The driver shows up and says that they cannot take my dog because they or someone in their family has a severe allergy to dog dander, to the point that their throat closes up. 
In my opinion, this person shouldn't be driving anyway because anyone could be carrying pet dander on their clothing. My dog poses just as much a risk as the next person if my dog is well groomed. I believe that everyone should follow the law. Now, I'm told that this view makes me close minded and selfish. I have a similar view on fear of dogs. I'm told that we are all being close minded and spewing rhetoric when we talk about the uber lawsuit, but that is a topic for another post. What do you all think? 

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