Smashed By A Runaway Wheelchair

April 11, 2010

in Accident & Mishap Stories

I once had an unusual and quite frankly painful experience while dropping by one of my favourite restaurants while on my lunch break from work. After grabbing a bottle of soda from the fridge, I took it to the counter to order my food. I was just about to order when two women appeared, one of them pushing a wheelchair with an elderly lady in it. The lady pushing seemed to be having difficulty controlling the chair. I was just grabbing my necessary culinary when one of the women suddenly shrieked “WATCH OUT!!!” I turned around just as the wheelchair with the elderly lady still in it smashed into me. The woman had lost control and sent it flying across the room right at me. The wheels ran over my feet and the woman’s foot rests slammed into my legs.

I screamed from the pain, something you would not expect a teenage boy to do. I was pretty shaken up by the whole ordeal. The two women ran over and one started shrieking to the other “NOW LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE, YOU’VE GONE AND RUN HIM OVER!” The other lady apologised and asked if I was alright. I said yes and they took the elderly lady out of the chair and up the stairs and disappeared. Luckily I wasn’t hurt, although a little ticked off.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Clare April 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

OUCH! That sounds painful, but I'm glad you're okay & that at least one of them had the common courtesy to apologize.


memee April 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

Not a dinner from hell,just an accident.


Jack April 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm

It's a shame you didn't have a tray full of food in your hands that could have crashed on someone else's head. But then I guess you didn't think of that.


Nimrodbutsane April 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Jack, your a dick!


Shamu April 26, 2013 at 2:07 am

Well said


OG April 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I've noticed a lot of wheelchair people seem to think they automatically have the right of way and don't watch out for other pedestrians. One of these days one is going to come too close or hit me and is going to be tipped over.


Xiao Gou May 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

Ever notice how the worst offenders are the folks who're not wheelchair-bound but choose to use the courtesy scooters at supermarkets? Some of these people can't figure out how to stop/steer them, because they don't *own* them. They just commandeer them when they go shopping for one perverse reason or another (you can tell the ones who *really* need these scooters because they invariably have a walker of some sort folded-up hanging on the back).

The supermarket nearby us provides these scooters. They have about eight of them, and it's really hysterically funny to watch when all eight are in use. It's as if they need a traffic cop in the store. They bash into each other and yell at each other — just like "bumper cars" at the carnival.

And don't even start about the people who use motorized scooters at the casinos…


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