That's a silver lining, sure. I don't think the fact that people in difficult situations can often find other people willing to exploit them for money absolves the exploiters, though.
At least hanging out in Disney World can be pretty fun, so as exploitation goes, at least it's pleasant. I'm guessing they get their meals paid for in the parks too.
Everytime you sign an employment contract, you're about to be exploited. Welcome to capitalism! Welcome to the real world!
What really amazed me when I read the reactions here, is that everybody seemed to focus on the "rich mom and her spoiled brat", while nobody tried to understand the handicapped person's point of view. Such reactions say a lot about common hypocrisy and jealousy amongst common people. Nobody tried to be realistic.
It's making me think to the situation of North African workers hired in Spanish farms in Andalusia, to bring us fresh fruits and vegetables in winter (at least in rich Western Europe). Of course they are ruthlessly exploited. But when you know that unemployment in Morocco is about 30%, that Illiteracy rate is about 40% there, and that 25% of Moroccan people manage to "live" with less than one dollar a day... For them, such jobs represent an incredible opportunity.
I'm not saying it's fair. I'm not saying it's right.
But am I the only one who sense a kind of hypocrisy when I hear people yelling against exploitation? Do they know what an African slum is? Do they know what being handicapped means?
"A man who only drinks water has a secret to hide from his fellow-men" -Baudelaire
I told my room mate about this who has a severly handicapped sister, and she's like yeah that's how it is, thinking that i said they had family members that were disabled, when I was saying they were exploiting people, i'm still not sure if she got it after that.
In all seriousness, this does raise some important questions: Is it unfair and/or inherently bad that people are hiring others for this purpose? If it is, how do we take proper action, eliminating the advantage being gained by the persons hiring without causing undue hardship for the disabled persons trying to make a living?
Jarlaxle: fact checking this thread makes me want to go all INFP on my wrists
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Captain Curmudgeon: existential angst?