I have to maintain a level of coolness when I go shopping and have to use the wheelchair, or assisted shoping cart. It usually is within two stores I frequent, and I am amazed at the rudeness of some of the other customers. I get so many negative comments and attitudes for having to use any assistance. I do not lash out at them or act mad or hateful back. Yes, there are those that play with the assisted carts because they think it is funny or exciting, so I understand some of their reasoning. However, a better man walks away from such drama, when I know it is their lack of intelligence. Their is no need to judge a person who is disabled because they dress nice and look presentable. I do my best to try to educate them when needed. Do NOT let these people get you to become a bitter or angry person. No matter our disabilities, we are alive, and need to enjoy what life we have left.
I tried to avoid using my wheelchair many times to try to avoid such negative drama, only to hurt myself more by falling many times. I can not go on doing that, and have made the best effort to handle this in a better way. Even for the most confrontational encounters, I carry a sheet of paper with my listed issues from the doctor.
I do not yell at them back, and just ask to speak with them for a moment. When shown the sheet of paper, or mostly just explain what happened to cause my condition, apologetics are given, and I go on with my shopping.
By having a positive and professional attitude towards them to explain how they were wrong to begin with, I hope I am helping others that are in wheelchairs to avoid this.