Sidcuip Burger Bar Bans Wheelchair-Bound Woman For Smelling Bad
“BASICALLY I went into a cafe, it’s one that I always go to except during the summer I’ve been sitting outside. It wasn’t great weather so this time I sat inside. I got to my table where I normally sit. I made sure I was out of the way of everyone else. Despite this the guy working there, he basically said to me you cannot sit inside because the customers have complained about you.”
So says Kelly Sawyer, 34, of her visit to the Star Burger in Sidcup High Street,
Ms Sawyer suffers from spina bifida. She is paralysed from the waist down.
“I said: ‘so you are barring me? That’s discrimination’ and he said: ‘Yes, I am barring you’. At this point I did swear, I did call him a wanker… I don’t feel like I can go back now. I would like to go back but this is a clear case of discrimination. They’re doing it because I’m in a wheelchair. I go there and have food a couple of times a week, I’ve been doing that for the last 10 years and I’ve never had this problem before.”
Is she being discriminated against because of her chair or her alleged odour Is Star Burger smellist?
A spokesman for the restaurant tells the News Shopper:
“She wasn’t very clean. She had a very bad smell. That was the reason we told her she couldn’t sit in the restaurant….We offered to put her outside and to serve her there but she came inside… People started to complain.”
Ms Sawyer disputes that.
The rest of us just wonder how anyone a sense of smell eats at a Star Burger…