Blind Person Etiquette

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I don’t understand the etiquette required for when and when not to offer help to a blind person.

Today I offered the services of my shoulder to a middle aged blind fella with a cane at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. I thought my tone was neutral, not at all sympathetic nor condescending, just a genuine offer of help (and it was a genuine offer of help!).

Then I got flatly rejected. I know I shouldn’t take this to heart, but I felt like a loser. I put myself out there and my gesture of kindness was unwelcome.

Though, he did manage to get on and off the escalators like a pro.


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