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       Blind Dad Left 'Humiliated' After Commuters Refuse To Give Up

       Disability Priority Seats























       A blind dad was left 'humiliated' after rude commuters refused to give up their seats for
       him and his guide dog, Kika - despite some even being sat in an area designated as
       disability priority.
       Irritatingly for him, it's not the first time something like this has happened, either - as
       such incidents have become a 'daily occurrence'.

       Even though life is 'difficult enough' for Amit Patel as it is, things only got worse when he
       found that nobody would free up a seat for him on a South-eastern train.

       "People can be so selfish," Amit said in a tweet.
       "They pretend they can't see or hear when I ask if there's a seat available.
       "It's so humiliating when I struggle to hold onto something and keep Kika safe at the
       same time, this is when you'll see a tear running down my face. Life is difficult enough."

       The 37-year-old became blind five years ago after suffering a haemorrhage behind his
       eyes.
       Amit had commanded his loyal guide dog to find him a seat, but Kika was unable to - as
       no one would offer up their seat.

       A South-eastern spokesman told the Mirror: "We would hope that people use their
       judgement and give up seats to passengers who may have a greater need, and we're
       sorry to hear that Mr Patel experienced an awkward journey on this occasion.
       "We're already rolling out clearer priority seat signage on the trains that don't already
       have it to make it more visible.
       "As well as priority seats, we offer priority seating cards and priority seat badges that our
       passengers can show to another passenger sitting in a priority seat, without causing a fuss

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