who sued the grand old Imperial Uptown movie theatre in downtown Toronto for not being wheelchair accessible, and the city ordered the Imperial Uptown to revamp its entire structure or close down — shame on the original architects for not anticipating the birth of Future Crippled Dude To The Rescue! — and the Imperial Uptown couldn’t do it and went out of business (leaving the Toronto Film Festival with one less venue, and thousands of movie fans with nothing but fond memories, but so what) so they tore the building down, and during the tear down there was a gigantic accident and a guy died?
That worked out totally great. Cuz at least the dead guy didn’t end up crippled instead, and not able to go to movies at the Imperial Uptown, right?
I especially liked this part:
Mr. Brown could not be reached for comment. He has made countless legal challenges to businesses, services and buildings that are not fully wheelchair accessible.
No doubt Mr. Brown thinks of himself as all Greensboro on Wheels, but what he really is is a selfish pest. Man, those four students have a lot of bad imitation protests to answer for — of course they’ll never have to — not to mention their successful attack on sacred private property rights, using a simple combination of only mischief, white guilt and sentimentality, a publicity stunt with tragic consequences that reverberate down to today.)
(I do love the fact that decades later, Woolworth’s sounds like it was reluctant to donate even “a small piece” of their “historic artifact” to the frickin’ Smithsonian. “Great. Now you want us to rip it out entirely?! Jeziz.”)