We headed for Dublin after lunch yesterday. More about that later. Sweltering heat in the car. So glad have we air con, it’s worth its weight in gold at the moment. A jack-knifed lorry slowed us down for a while as we neared Dublin. We had just passed through Newlands Cross when I decided to check the toilet facilities in the next garage we saw. It was an ESSO station next to Joels Restaurant. The entrance door was a bit difficult to open but I managed. I headed towards the toilets and this is where things went down hill. The door opened in but couldn’t open fully because the baby-changing table was open and despite all my efforts it refused to lock back into the closed position. I thought I would reverse into the loo but was unsuccessful and when I tried to force the issue my chair toppled over backwards and I finished on the floor. I did not notice any alarm cable and I eventually righted myself. The only positive for me was that the floor was DRY. In my opinion it would be (almost) impossible for a wheelchair user without some degree of mobility or assistance to use that toilet. I eventually parked my chair outside in the corridor.
I did register my complaint with the young lady serving in the shop section. and I hope that an incident like this will never happen again.