A wheelchair-bound San Diego, California, man had his transit pass confiscated from him because he didn’t have “sufficient proof” of his disability.
Joseph Canales, 31, watched as a transit cop wrote him a citation on Friday and revoked his discount bus pass. He took out his cell phone and started recording the officer (video below) as he wrote the citation, the Daily Mail reported.
“It’s his job to confiscate my card because I don’t have sufficient proof I’m disabled,” Canales said in the video, pointing the camera at himself to reveal that he is in a wheelchair. “Obviously I am. I’ve been disabled since I was three days old.”
Canales acknowledged that the officer was “polite” and “professional,” but slammed MTS for their “awful policy.”
Canales explained that because of this policy, his only means of getting to work was taken away.
“I hope some changes can be made in the name of common sense and reason,” Canales said at the end of the video.
Canales posted the clip onto Facebook and asked his friends to share it. The video has now garnered more than 12,000 shares and has been viewed more than 300,000 times.
“We’ve reached as far north as Canada and now all the way to Ireland! Way to go, Facebook!” Canales wrote.
MTA spokesman Robb Schupp issued a statement to NBC San Diego explaining that policy requires “all people with discounted fares to carry proof of eligibility.” This includes Medicare cards and disabled placard receipts.
Still, Canales hopes that the video will put some pressure on the MTA to consider some changes to its current policy.
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