Ali France is a former politician and disability advocate who had her leg amputated after a terrible car accident.
Last month she was escorted out of a cafe crying after staff told her she couldn’t rest at their outdoor tables.
Ms. France was at the Indooroopilly Mall on Saturday November 21 with her two children when she decided to visit Jamaica Blue Café.
Having recently undergone surgery, the 47-year-old was using a mobility scooter and decided to sit at a table outside while her son ordered some drinks.
“I had just spent almost a week in the hospital and it was my first shopping trip with my children,” she told 9News.
“It was a Saturday afternoon, it was very busy and we wanted to rest, needed to rest, and we ordered a couple of hot chocolates.”
But as his son ordered, the staff told him that he couldn’t sit at the table without eating.
Despite the fact that Ms France informed the cafe of her disability, a security guard was called in to escort her.
“I never imagined in those discussions that it would end with me and my children, with me crying, being escorted by security.”
“It was a really humbling experience and I still feel quite excited.”
Ms France shared the story on her Twitter account on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
“It is always difficult to tell stories like this, but they are always very common for people with disabilities,” he said.
“It is very important because it is not right and I hope that as a result of this, people will better understand the barriers and difficulties and learn.”
Paige Armstrong of Disability Network Queensland said the story was too common.
“We also constantly hear about situations where similar things will happen to people with disabilities,” he said.
“As the situation developed, there were a variety of times when things could have been different.”
A Jamaica Blue spokesperson told 9News: “Jamaica Blue and our franchise owner in Indooroopilly wish to sincerely apologize for any offense or embarrassment experienced by Ali France and his family.
“We serve hundreds of people with disabilities every day in our cafes and employ many people with disabilities. We are deeply disappointed in this incident and we apologize without reservation.”