Is this offensive?

Friday, May 20, 2011

The other day I was in Melville and as I was driving along, I came across this sign.

At first I thought that this is damn offensive and had a chat with my friends on the topic the following day. It went like this:

Me: So guys, I came across this sign in Melville and it warned you to look out for blind people. It's offensive!
Friend 1: No, it's not! They're blind, they can't see it!
Me: That's even more offensive!
Friend 2: Maybe there's a lot of blind people in the area and they walk around a lot.
Me: Yeah, I looked around, there were no old age homes or houses for the visually impaired, so it just doesn't figure.
Friend 1: Maybe there are just a lot of people that are blind and live in the area? And it's not offensive.
Me: Well, I can see and I find it offensive. I wouldn't even want to know how angry I would be if I were blind.
Friend 1 & 2: You wouldn't be able to see it, you're blind!

This conversation went on quite a while, and it kind of went in circles. It was actually quite funny and I find the sign funny, but somehow, not right. The same happened when I questioned braille in the lifts. But, what do you think, offensive or not?


jillian m. said... my opinion, it's not offensive. I definitely see your point, but I think the sign serves as sort of a warning to drivers, like "Hey you, slow down because there are people in this area that can't see!". I think it makes drivers more vigilant of how they are driving.

On another note, I never knew signs like this existed!

Happy Friday!

Cat said...

Hmmmm...this is like the "chicken and the egg" question...

Something is really not right about it but at the same time, perhaps it helps those who are so oblivious to others realize that they need to be extra compassionate on this street?!?!?

xx Cat brideblu

Ashley said... my neighborhood there is a hearing-impaired child. His parents requested a sign, so that cars would be extra careful when driving through. Maybe this is a similar situation?

Haley K said...

I can see where you're coming from...but honestly, I'd have to say I'd appreciate it if I were blind. People being more aware means less accidents (hopefully). But that conversation going in circles made me laugh a bit ;)

Jenna said...

I live really close to Melville and I've seen this sign before! - To be honest though I never really thought about it until you brough it up. I can def see your side - but it's weird that it would be up if someone didn't request it or if an accident didn't happen or something.

Oh well, I guess we'll never know!


christine donee said...

haha.. sort of funny? sort of not?

thobeka said...

Hmm I'm with Haley on this one - I don't find it offensive, but more as a warning for people...I'd appreciate as a blind person :)

Kirsty said...

I dono't think it's offensive just a warning to let drivers know to be careful. Just like slowing down around schools...

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