Smoking jacket and cravat WIN.
I must admit, however, that I feel the same way about non-handicapped people who ride scooters at the store. Especially those who run to the charging station to get "the best one."
I friggin' love this comic.
I loved this! As somebody who is "invisibly" handicapped myself (not in the scooter yet, but its' day will come), I so appreciate you pointing this attitude out, but with all the humor and sarcasm I've come to expect from you. You made my day!
Okay, *this* is my new favorite.
Wait a second Scott. Doesn't your mom ride in a scooter. Hmmm. Isn't your brother prone to being a jerk. Hmmm.
TheMortallyWounded: Why would anyone who doesn't need one use a scooter in a store? I sometimes need one, and while it makes shopping possible, it is also a pain in the ass to steer and only has half the room necessary for a typical shopping trip. You sure you aren't witnessing someone grab a scooter to take it out to their mother?
Scott: This may be your greatest comic yet.
I love this comic.
I want to send it to two people I know who are doing impressive, practical work in the cause of equity for people who are living with disabilities. They would be rolling on the floor laughing. However, I don't think either of them will be able to read your web comic on their computers. Why? Because they are both blind.
Would you be willing to provide a transcript of the dialogue in each comic as rollover text?
Many thanks from Deborah
Ric would not do that - Ric is basically a kind (if twonky*) guy. I think Scott did well to keep the toerag out of the panel. He would have soiled our eyeballs with his presence. A "generic guy" as has been suggested could have led to innocent people, with generic features, being beaten up in the streets. No, do not sully the strip with the faces of the foul. They know who they are. . .
* Twokn - northern (English) term for somebody a bit dim and a bit daft - but it is a term used with affection - twonks are largely likeable people with lots of good qualities - just a bit dim and a bit daft.
Love this, even more than most of Scott's comics. I would say I hope the person who told the story is ashamed, but of course people like that never feel ashamed or they wouldn't be people like that.
Thinking about how the woman this [no name bad enough to call him] did that to must have felt just makes me cringe. I'd have called the cops -- perhaps a case could have been made for assault. But I hope she's OK.
An a$$hole once gave me a "you don't look handicapped to me" sneer. I invited him home with me, to watch me take off my clothes and see how many braces I had to wear to appear normal. I am happy to say he looked shocked and declined. :D
Laura: I used to work at Walmart, and let me tell you - people do use the scooters even if they don't need them. We had a big problem with roudy teenage hoodlums taking the scooters and joyriding around the store. It's an irritating, impossible situation for the employees; obviously no one who asks for a scooter can really be declined one, what with the aforementioned "invisible" handicaps, but at the same time, there are only so many scooters, and every joyriding punk means that someone who genuinely requires one is potentially out of luck. Plus the fact that those hoodlums with their scooter shenanigans tended to be poor drivers.
Thanks Scott, from someone diagnosed with emphysema at 30. No doctor, I do not smoke (for the hundredth time)!
Nice comic. I love reading it.