Grass Valley, CA — Select Northern California Flyers service stations are bowing to pressure from various social justice organizations and installing tactile Braille systems for the blind on gasoline pumps. After protests broke out around the state earlier this year which were calling for better representation of the blind via the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA, the Flyers Energy company decided to get out in front of the movement.
“It’s quite simple,” said Flyers spokesperson Bethany Millbright speaking from the company’s Auburn, CA headquarters. “Flyers is known for its progressive approach to doing business as demonstrated by the use of solar on many of our service stations and convenience stores. We want to be seen as the energy provider for everyone, and that includes the blind.”
The San Ramon, CA-based advocacy group Eyesight For The Unjust (E-FU) applauded the move, and said they plan on aggressively attacking other service stations until they provide Braille on their pumps.
“It’s important not to think of everyone being hardwired,” said E-FU genderless spokesperson Effe Soto speaking via a telephone interview. “There is no reason that service stations can’t work with the blind. What part of service in service station don’t they get? We’re happy that Flyers is complying, but there is still a long way to go and we have a long and detailed agenda.”
Not everyone approves of this accommodation for the blind.
“This is seriously the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,” said Grass Valley electrician Kevin Davis filling his Honda CRV at the local Flyers station. “Blind people can’t drive. I suppose they might want to fill up a gas can, but even that’s mostly god-damned stupid too. what are they gonna do? Go home and fill up their lawn mower that they can’t use.”
According to Ms. Millbright, the Braille placards will be installed sometime by the end of the Summer.