Occasionally, I require a cane. While attending an exhibit at an art museum, which wasn't at all crowded, a woman came running up to the piece I was viewing, slammed in to me, and sent me sprawling to the floor. I landed on my cane, and it took some time to disengage myself, untangle my skirt, get my shoe back on, and right myself. I was sore, shaken, embarrassed, and quite angry. She simply stood there, bellowing to her friends, about how the work wasn't "that special," and made no apologies or attempts to assist me. None of her friends offered. The museum guard simply stopped her when she started touching the work (she set off an alarm), but made no mention of how she'd knocked me over (perhaps he didn't see?). I've noticed that people seem attracted to the cane, in that sense -- I frequently get knocked into and over while using it. This has made me increasingly aware of other cane/walker users, even when my legs are steady and I'm not in need. I've noticed that these other cane/walker users seem to attract the same attention. I guess disabled people don't have the same rights to view artwork? To make purchases? To use a hallway?
I swear ... next time this happens, I'm going to "accidentally" whack the offender with the cane, and say, "Oh, my apologies . . . when you slammed into me, you set me off balance."