When a blind man brought his guide dog onto a bus in New Taipei City, a female passenger complained that the guide dog was smelly. She started yelling at the bus driver after he refused to open the window.
Mr. Lan (the blind passenger) recounts the incident: "I told her my dog wasn't stinky, that it didn't smell. She said I was yelling at her and complained. She told the bus company that the driver had allowed passengers to bring their pets onto the bus."
"I told her that if she had a problem with me she should just come to me and don't take it out on the driver," said Mr. Lan. "The driver had nothing to do with this. He needed to protect the rights of all the passengers. The driver asked her to lower her voice. But she was being totally unreasonable and made a scene on the bus."
Appalled at what he saw, a high school student asked his fellow passengers to vote. They all agreed that the guide dog smelled just fine.
Mr. Lin (the bus driver) said: "The student who tried to stop her was sitting in the first seat behind her. He thought her actions were totally out of line because it is perfectly legal to bring a guide dog on board. They have the right to board a bus. The dog behaved well and didn't smell at all! It didn't bother anyone else. The passengers initiated a vote among themselves; and everyone voted the dog wasn't stinky."
The woman quickly made an embarrassed exit after realizing no one was on her side.
Mr. Lan pointed out that more blind individuals would be willing to come out if the environment were more inviting. "If the atmosphere was more friendly, I believe more friendly people would be willing to come out."
Below is a video reenactment of this incident.
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