Because Smith used a disabled toilet, the disabled are now outraged

A disability advocate is dismayed that a prominent rugby player would treat disabled toilets with such little respect.

A witness has described how All Black Aaron Smith and a woman used a disabled toilet at Christchurch Airport for 5-10 minutes on a busy Sunday afternoon, saying there was no question of what the pair were up to.

Smith has been stood down by the All Blacks for one game and is heading home from South Africa after the squad were alerted to the airport incident that unfolded the day after the test against the Springboks in Christchurch three weeks ago.

“Clearly Aaron is bitterly disappointed in his behaviour and feels he has let the team down but just as importantly he feels bitterly disappointed in letting his family and his partner down,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said today.

Paula Booth, analyst at Disabled Persons Assembly NZ (DPA), said while she wasn’t overly surprised a disabled toilet had been used like that, she was surprised and “disappointed” that a famous New Zealander had chosen to act that way.

“From a lot of respects it’s not surprising, we are quite used to these issues coming up, but it is surprising that quite a well-known New Zealander would take it up for that purpose and I think that’s really disappointing.”

The DPA is national organisation that works at a high policy level to ensure that the rights of disabled people are met.

She said while DPA was of the view that the toilets could be used by anyone, especially at airports, there needed to be some respect shown for their use as there weren’t many around.

I’m waiting for toilet manufacturers to write in about their outrage. ?Not to mention Airport managers. ?Surely the cleaners union will have something to complain about too?

Good God. ?At times I am really embarrassed about the way our country displays itself to the world.

More knee tremblers in disabled toilets. ?Fewer pretend outraged lemon suckers being paraded by a sanctimonious media. ?You wouldn’t want to know what they get up to getting legless, drugged and orgied. ?The reason you don’t see those stories in the media is because they don’t want you to know.


– NZ Herald