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Embarrassingly, that seems to be what a bunch of people are doing. According to an Oriental Daily newspaper article, couples entering with grandparents will often request a wheelchair, which automatically gives them VIP line access for all the pavilions. Sure it’s clever, but gosh, doesn’t it feel wrong?
At first, says Oriental Daily, it was just a small problem of people taking advantage of the free wheelchairs – and who wouldn’t expect some to? Under the Expo’s rules, every disabled person is allowed to keep two handlers with them. The Expo grounds are huge, having a chair on hand makes it a lot easier… having a chair on hand that also gets you and two of your friends/family through lines way faster is a miracle you’d be dumb not to take advantage of.
The problem now is that the number of people taking advantage has now skyrocketed and the Expo Park has become a spectacle of “Fake Disabled (假残障).”
While the Expo Park organizers are now coming up with new rules to try to curb the amount of “Fake Disabled” taking up the grounds’ 1000 wheelchairs (of which they had naively thought would be an oversupply already), they’ve run into a fundamental problem: what’s the most humane way to get someone to prove to you that they’re actually disabled, especially when the whole world’s watching?