An 'inconsiderate' commuter was outed this week after he was caught asking a blind man to move his guide dog aside - just so he could get down a London Underground escalator a bit faster.

Former doctor Amit Patel, who went blind in 2013, was at London Bridge Tube station this Tuesday with his guide dog Kika when a middle-aged man behind them accused them of blocking the way.

In a video of the incident, shared on a Twitter page set up for Kika, a Transport for London staff member helping Patel to his train can be heard urging the impatient commuter to be more 'considerate'. Right on.


Speaking with the London Evening Standard after the incident, Amit said: "Moments like this are destroying, it really knocks my confidence.

"I will dwell on it all day, it just makes me think, 'Is society really like that?' It makes me feel like a little boy again."

In the video, Amit is being led to his train by a TfL worker when the commuter can be heard arguing that he wants to get past, asking Amit to move the dog to one side or to let go of the handrail.

After Amit explains he can't do that - apologising even though he didn't need to - the commuter continues urging Amit to move, leading the staff member to give him both barrels.

"The gentleman needs to hold onto the handrail, so it's just being a little considerate," the TfL staff member says, adding: "It's just two seconds of your life."

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

The moment was captured on a camera placed on Kika's back - a measure Amit took last year to document the abuse he suffers while trying to get around London. Poor guy.

Writing on behalf of the dog, a spokesperson on Twitter urged people to be patient and understand not to disturb guide dogs while they're working.

"If you see a Guide Dog on a escalator please wait patiently behind. 'Under no circumstance should you try to push through!" wrote 'Kika'.

"I'm trained to hold my ground to keep dad & myself safe. Great job by TfL staff who was with us."

Mark Evers, Chief Customer Officer for London Underground, said: "It is important that customers wait behind anyone travelling with a guide dog on the escalator and not push past, so that customers with guide dogs can travel safely.

"We're committed to providing a transport network that is accessible for all and ask everyone to consider the needs of their fellow passengers."

It's sad that Amit and Kika face this kind of problem just trying to get around every day. Hopefully, after this, people will be more understanding in the future.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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