From the Knuckleheads In The News® file…
David Ratcliffe has trouble going up and down stairs because of his disability. He has several collapsed discs in his back and needs crutches to walk. Since his office is on the second floor at work, he asked his supervisor, Alison Dickson, whether the company would install a stairlift to make it easier for him. He says that she laughed and told him that if they did that, everyone would want to ride on it and no work would be done.
My father-in-law had one of these in the last couple of years of his life, enabling him to get upstairs to his bedroom. The only people who ever wanted to go for a ride on it were young children. I never heard any other adult say, “That looks like fun, let me try it!” That’s because the stairlifts move slowly, and there’s no thrill in it at all.
A government employment board reviewed David’s claims and has ordered the company to pay compensation for discriminating against him based on his disability.
But what makes this a nominee for Knuckleheads In The News Story Of The Year is the name of the company that David works for: Stannah Stairlift.
Yes, the company that refuses to put in the stairlift at its headquarters is the company that makes them.