Let the power flow to help others

Letter to the Editor

Dear editor:

As a disabled citizen, and student, I feel that the added inconvenience of not being able to use my cell phone, or computer is disappointing when power suplies are blocked and or covered. We all know that cell phones need to be charged, and computer use is on the rise, so why can't we use the outlets?

We spend money several times a week dinning, drinking coffee, or what ever our cravings might be. They make enough money so what's the problem? Is it the increase of homeless peoples or just plain discrimination towards the less than well off, you know, the poor people who must use these outlets to survive because they have no home?

 Many of which would benefit from the use instead of establishments telling people "I am sorry the owner doesn't allow anyone to charge their cell phones."

By benefit I mean people would be able to connect with services, and track down job opportunities, etc.

Maybe even be able to call a cop if a victim of domestic violence, or any other crime, needed a safe place. You still get your pensions so why not extend that helping hand. Aren't their enough people pulling them back in the world? 

I travel in an electric wheel chair and believe me, I don't expect to get stranded after dinning in any establishment, after paying for quality customer service.

If one looks around, outlet boxes are locked at Transit stations such as Tukwila, Federal Way and even Kent, this includes Seattle stations as well. Why? Loitering, vagrancy, or just plain old-fashioned discrimination? I am a paying customer what if my chair broke down and I needed to charge my cell phone?

Do you know how it feels to be in that situation? I do, my wheel chair died in Tacoma, I don't mean the battery died. I mean the power supply died on one of the many hills in Tacoma near the library I love to study at when I am out.

Do you understand what I am saying here? The use of your outlets could mean the life or death of someone in need, or just getting aid in unfamiliar territory? Instead of looking down lend a hand and try not to be so cheap. It's called humanity.

— Belinda Springer,

Highline student

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