Rudy in his wheelchair gets around
pretty good. He has a good job and transportation via a special van. He shops
at local stores and everyone is nice except at the drug store where the clerk
seems to have a problem with Rudy.
Rudy has noticed the clerk is always
nice to people ahead of him in the check-out line. Rudy may be paralyzed from
the waist down but he isnt dumb. Trying to figure out what the
clerks problem is, Rudy has watched him carefully over several visits. He
has come to the conclusion that the clerk has a problem with disabled people.
Thats not an uncommon problem and it can result from various reasons. But
Rudy figures thats why the clerk treats him rudely and why he has to wait
so long to be checked out.
At first, Rudy didnt know what to
do but then an idea struck one morning while he was getting into his chair.
Rudy had to go to the drug store that day and would have to deal with the clerk
again. But this time he went with a small box on his lap that had a side panel.
When it was his turn finally to be checked out, Rudy opened the side panel and
a small non-venomous snake slipped out of the box and curled up on Rudy's lap.
The clerk jumped at the sight of the
snake, hit the emergency button under the counter, and checked Rudy out
quickly. Rudy appreciated that. And the snake never moved.
When the cops pulled up to ask Rudy
about the snake, he showed them his zoo I.D. card. It showed that he worked at
the city zoo as chief herpetologist. Rudy explained he was taking the snake
back to the zoo after overnight observation. He said the snake had gotten out
of the box while he was waiting in the check-out line. True to a point. Rudy
never mentioned that he had opened the panel in the box to let the snake out to
meet the clerk.
The cops called the zoo and the zoo
verified the story and said a van was on the way to pick Rudy up. He was a
valued employee. The cops let Rudy go.
Following this incident, Rudy has never
had to wait a long time in the drug store again. The clerk is always nice, even
nicer when Rudy has the box in his lap. Its usually empty but how would
the clerk know?
Some day Rudy hopes to talk to him about
his problem with disabled people. Rudy plans to tell him disabled people