A disabled man claims he was asked to leave a nightclub because he was a “safety hazard”.
Nate Williams has a form of cerebral palsy which affects his balance and co-ordination, and uses a wheelchair.
He visited Rosies club in Chester with friends last Friday night but he says he was told by doormen the floor he was on would shortly be closing.
When it did close he would be asked to leave because the upstairs floors were not wheelchair-friendly and the building had no lift or ramp, Nate says.
Nate was offered free entry until it was time for the floor to close, at which time he says a doorman asked him to leave – despite his protests he could walk upstairs with a friend’s help.
The 23-year-old from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said: “I have been on many nights out across the country and I’ve never been treated with such disrespect.
“I’ve been using a wheelchair since I was 12. I’m very active and compete regularly in athletics but they asked me to leave because I was a ‘safety hazard’ even though I had the full ability to walk upstairs and look after myself.”
He continued: “I have been to Rosies before and getting into the club is not very practical – escorted by a bouncer through a back alley, past rotten smelling bins and through two heavy fire-exit doors – but I didn’t mind as long as I was allowed in with my friends.
“What I didn’t appreciate was the way I was kicked out and not allowed to join my friends upstairs on the top floor.
“A hazard is defined as a danger to others and this made me feel like an inhuman creature that should not be part of society.
“It was the biggest example of discrimination I have faced in my entire life and it shouldn’t have happened.”
Nate said he left the club as he didn’t want to ruin his friend’s birthday by getting the whole group thrown out.
“I’m not trying to dissuade people from Rosies,” he said. “It’s a great place to have a night out but I’m just trying to point out the way they handled this situation is ignorant and disrespectful.”
A spokeswoman for Rosies said the safety of their customers was always a top priority.
“Complimentary entry was permitted through a private door to our ‘first floor’ area to enable the young man who was in a wheelchair to enjoy some time with his friends in our club,” the spokesperson said.
“The group were advised that this was the only area suitable for a wheelchair and that this area of the club would close around 12.30am.
“As customers then moved to the second floor the gentleman concerned expressed his displeasure when being asked to leave.
“The safety of our customers is paramount and given the building is listed and has no lift, or emergency ramp facilities, for the safety of the customer concerned, and our other guests, he was respectfully asked to leave at the time advised upon entry.”
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