Not that I know what it’s like to be a millionaire but I’m sure the perks are great. Nice house, nice cars, great vacations, the finest in dining out. You name it. And trust me, I don’t think I should criticize anyone for making a ton of money. Heck I wouldn’t turn it down.
But then comes this kind of story that makes you sick and makes you want to just smack someone.
The New York Post – and yes, it’s the New York Post, is reporting that rich moms from Manhattan are more or less renting handicapped tour guides in order for their own children to avoid waiting in long lines for rides. I am not kidding. If this is true, it probably ranks up there in my top five most despicable things anyone has ever done. Here is a link to the story: http://bit.ly/15Ny6No
To begin with, how awful is it for the handicapped tour guide to know they are being rented out and exploited so that some brat and his mom can cut the long lines to ride Space Mountain or other rides? I’m not sure how they are taking it or if they are aware of it. I would hope they are…
New York Post reporter Tara Palmeri wrote that “The ‘black-market Disney guides’ run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.”
“‘My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours,’ crowed one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida. You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,’ she sniffed. ‘This is how the 1 percent does Disney.’ ”
According to the Palmeri story, the woman said she hired a Dream Tours guide to escort her, her husband and their 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.
“Passing around the rogue guide service’s phone number recently became a shameless ritual among Manhattan’s private-school set during spring break. The service asks who referred you before they even take your call,” wrote Palmeri. “‘It’s insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully,’ said social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin, who caught wind of the underground network while doing research for her upcoming book ‘Primates of Park Avenue.’
“‘Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?’ she said.”
No one is talking about this. Not the tour guide providers and not Disney, reports Palmeri.
So how pathetic is this? Who could live with themselves after hiring someone who is handicapped to bypass the system for their own gain?
There are some things I can never see myself doing. I’d rather stand in line for two hours and be able to look at myself in the mirror at the end of the day.
And so this is why the have-nots despise the haves. It’s a shame it has to be that way but the haves who do stuff like this need to be quiet and not complain how the have-nots look at them sometimes. It’s the people like the Manhattan moms who bring this on.
So in the lingo of Facebook and other social media – SMH.
– Andy Hachadorian