Barber refuses to cut wheelchair user's hair: Here’s why
A Saudi-based wheelchair user has taken action against a barber after he was refused a haircut
A Saudi-based wheelchair user was refused a haircut because the barber said it was too much hard work, according to a source that spoke to AlArabiya.net. Now the barbershop has been shut down following an investigation.
The source told AlArabiya: “The young man is a lecturer at the Jazan University. He usually comes to this saloon to shave his hair but every time he is here, the barber ignores him and gives him excuses”.
He added that the young man behaved in a civilized way when he went to the Jazan municipality, officers of which in turn then confronted the worker at the barbershop.
The source added: “The worker claimed he didn’t notice the young man had special needs and he did not intend to discriminate against him. He then asked the young man to sit so he could cut his hair, but the young man refused because the barber was only doing so under pressure from the authorities, fearing sanctions.”
The same source confirmed that after further investigations over the initial incident where the barber had refused to cut the client with special needs’ hair, he confessed it was because it might take him longer, adding that shaving a man in a wheelchair was “tiring”.
For his part, the young academic Hamza Musmali told AlArabiya: “People should know that those with special needs have rights just like others.”
And he said the reason behind his own actions was to highlight the regulations and laws banning any form of discrimination.
“We must not remain silent regarding our rights and we should not feel weak for being people with special needs.”