Monday, December 05, 2005

See the clothes on disabled mannequins, too

There is a certain big box retailer which I compare to the second coming of JC Penney's. They are infamous for having the biggest sale ever approximately every four days. You know the store, they have one in every single suburb and their name rhymes with 'poles'.

In a morning radio conversation about organizations caving under the pressure of a some publicity regarding the depiction of those with disabilities, this organization (in its nameless form) was brought up.

Their depiction of a mannequin in a wheelchair is simply shameless. Sure, we all know that there are citizens of this country who are confined to wheelchairs. They exist. Unlike them there elusive weapons of mass destruction, wheelchair-bound Americans can be found. Even in mannequin form, they can be found.

What irks me and those who were calling in is the store's aversion to caving. While it was all speculation (some of my favorite form of discussion) it was assumed that the store had come under pressure from some letter writing wheelchair advocacy group demanding that they depict at least one of their mannequins in a wheelchair. It's sad that in today's strong-arm marketplace a sotre of this size would feel the need to please anyone who has the ability to pen a letter.

Maybe, though, they came under pressure via lawsuit from a whacked-out ex-employee which faced on-the-job challenges in the store's single-floor, stepless terrain due to the fact that they, too, were confined to a wheelchair. And what better way to exact your own personal revenge than to force your ex-employer to place some mannequins in some of the wheelchairs set aside specifically for customers with the exact same challenges as this ex-employee.

In the end it's the customers who lose out. They not only lost a percentage of their wheelchairs but the freedon to see all 360-degrees of the fashionable styles thae mannequins are sporting today.

Where is the justice?

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