Ben Gerrard’s condition forces him to make sudden involuntary movements and to blurt out words without warning.
He has Tourettes.
But after suffering a bout of tics in Aird and Co tool shop in Bond Street, Brighton, on Wednesday afternoon, the 40- year-old was ordered to leave by owner Bob Carey.
Oh noes! Disability unkindness! Next stop, the Outrage! Bus…
Furious Mr Gerrard said he was “utterly appalled” by the incident, which left him shaken and angry.
Mr Gerrard told the owner he had Tourette’s and was not making the noises deliberately but the shopkeeper was unmoved.
He said: “It’s a disgrace that a man of his age could be so cruel. I was so shocked.”
I’m not entirely sure what his age has to do with it…
Mr Carey, who runs Aird and Co tool shop, said he had been “perfectly entitled” to throw Mr Gerrard out of his shop.
He said: “He was being disruptive. I know what Tourette’s is but there’s no excuse for just making silly noises. ”
I think Mr Carey has based his knowledge of Tourettes on TV shows and comedy sketches. It can, indeed, just be ‘making silly noises’.
“He didn’t seem to have any need to be there. We had other customers in the shop and he was causing a disturbance.
“I found it distressing and I asked him to leave.”
Aha! So this is really just a case of ‘Aren’t you going to buy anything? If not, sod off!’ from the typical British shopkeeper?
Outrage! Bus disembarking here…