Relatives took Heather Slade, pictured, to Pink & White nails where they said they were told the salon would not give manicures to ‘disabled or ill people’ [Image: BPM Media].

“We don’t serve your kind in here.”

When people are saying that openly to people with long-term illnesses and/or disabilities, those people are no different from those who shunned the Jews in Nazi Germany, or who treated Afro-Caribbean people as an underclass in the USA – even after the civil war.

And that’s the point – it’s about creating an underclass. “Othering” people. Treating them as less-than-human.

Believing that nobody will speak out against it.

The only way to stop it is to name names and make it clear: This is not acceptable.

The Metro story quoted below states that Pink & White Nails have not responded to repeated requests for a comment. Perhaps that is an admission of guilt. In fairness – perhaps not.

Either way, the story provides an opportunity to clarify that disabled people and those who are very ill are still people, and deserve the same respect – and service, from tradespeople – as anybody else.

A terminally-ill grandmother’s family claim a nail bar initially refused to give her a manicure because she is dying – then eventually gave in on the basis that she didn’t return.

Relatives took Heather Slade, 66, to Pink & White Nails in Ickenham, west London, earlier this week as a treat.

But those with the grandmother-of-eight, who was diagnosed with incurable cancer in November 2016, were allegedly told by a member of staff that they ‘didn’t do disabled or ill people’.

Heather’s son Timothy claimed she was initially refused a treatment before the worker said: ‘I’ll do it this time but not again’.

Source: Nail salon tells dying grandmother who wanted a manicure ‘we don’t do disabled or ill people’ | Metro News

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