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  •  Logical thinking had nothing to do with this... (8+ / 0-)

    Apparently, the "helper" who was with the young man with Down's Syndrome left the theater without him, to get the car. A big mistake.

    Then the young man decided he wanted to see the movie a second time, and the management decided that not exiting  the theater and paying a second time was "stealing."

    There's nobody around to intervene, explain, help the disabled person, and the management doesn't recognize the disability. Another mistake.

    When the police come, their job, as they see it, is to get the young man out of the theater as fast as possible. He's a "perp," and they want to impress him with the might of the law.

    Unfortunately, his disability causes him to react differently than they wish, and they use undue force because they don't recognize the disability. Yet another mistake.

    Unfortunately, our current system doesn't protect the disabled person who has nobody around to advocate for him/her, especially when the disability means that the person cannot be a good advocate for himself/herself.

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