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August 27, 2003

The Law of Unintended Consequences

George Bush Sr. is a saint! He signed the American's With Disabilities Act! Today, I walked into Starbucks, and for the thousandth time I saw a guy using his laptop on the special "disabled" desk. He, like all others using the desk, had full use of his limbs, and he was not grotesquely obese. Have you ever had a lot of luggage or something? And you look at the steps and wonder how long and hard it's going to be...and then, you see the roll-up ramp! Or you walk into a rest-room, and there is that big spacious stall....

From elevators, ramps, bigger seats and more comfy restroom stalls, the American's With Disabilities Act has been a great boon for fully functional normals! I would even hazard to guess we used "disabled" services and access points more often than the disabled (differently abled, whatever).

Posted by razib at 01:35 PM

Don't forget those nice, close parking spaces.

Posted by: Jason Malloy at August 27, 2003 01:54 PM

yeah, yeah, totally ;) but once the shitty law passed-you might as well maximize the upsides, no?

Posted by: razib at August 27, 2003 02:12 PM

The Americans With Disabilities Act has other unintended consequences.

Like when my company needed to remodel part of our two-story office building, and found we'd have to add an elevator, thereby quadrupling the cost of the project. This despite having no wheelchair-bound employees, and plenty of first-floor offices and conference rooms in case we ever do hire one.

As always, common sense is the first causualty of these laws which are intended to help a minority.


Posted by: Ole Eichhorn at August 27, 2003 02:40 PM