But that is just the tip of the disability iceberg. There are oodles of court cases that illustrate the absurdities. An Orange County school district was ordered to pay for private schooling for a pupil expelled for violence, plus 360,000 dollars in reparations to him. A violent schizophrenic received reparations when he was fired from his post office job for threatening other employees and also threatening to murder the president of the United States. A guidance counselor in a school in Hartford, Connecticut won compensation after being fired for possession of cocaine, because addiction is a disability. A Boston professor won compensation after being fired for sexually harassing students, claiming that his medication was responsible for his “disability.” A man, who suffers from diabetes and frequently passes out, successfully sued when he was turned down for a job as a bus driver in Maryland. A subway employee in New York sued when he was fired from a job that required him to crawl under trains and into narrow passages; he weighed more than 400 pounds. A Kansas driver sued when he was ticketed for not wearing a seat belt; he claimed it violated his rights as a claustrophobe. A strip club in Bellevue, Washington was sued because it did not have a lift that would allow women in wheel chairs to do erotic dancing on the stage. Students who are penalized when late for tests and class are suing all over, on grounds that they suffer from a narcolepsy disability. Almost anyone with “depression” can also get recognized as disabled.
Obesity, alcoholism, and addiction can all be considered disabilities. A Michigan jury granted $610,000 to an employee who fell asleep on the job, on grounds that narcolepsy is a disability. Courts have ruled that potential employees have the “right to lie” about any previous behavior that might represent manifestations of “disabilities,” including stealing. Truckloads of misbehavior are protected because virtually all psychiatric problems get counted as disabilities, and so even those engaged in insubordination with superiors, disruptive behavior, and theft may enjoy protection.
Costs of course are also a matter that “Disabilities Protection” laws generally disregard and insist be ignored. In many places, every single person incapable of boarding a bus or train could be transported at public expense by taxi for a tiny fraction of what it costs to implement all those lifts and special assistance devices on vehicles, not taking into account the capacity of the vehicle lost because of their space.
There are also other implications to this. Once pedophiles and the other misfits and perverts have been added by Greece and others to the list of the “disabled,” those who engage in violence towards them or mere criticism, mocking, or denunciations of such people could find themselves prosecuted as perpetrators of hate crimes. A minor ruckus arose two years back in the US when TV commentator Bill O’Reilly predicted that someday those who attack pedophiles will be prosecuted for hate crimes. Pedophilia is not a recognized disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Yet. Neither is being a “transgendered” person, although there is a lot of lobbying to get its exclusion from “disability” status dropped.
Where will it all end? Perhaps when taxpaying is recognized as a symptom of mental illness and so all who agree to pay their taxes get an automatic disabilities discharge from paying them.
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