California Business Forced To Close Due To ADA Lawsuit

The last few years of my mother’s life were difficult years. She was wheelchair bound. Getting her into our home for family dinners and gatherings was a challenge. When we took her out to dinner we made sure ahead of time that the place we went was wheelchair accessible. We understood that not every business out there is able to accommodate wheelchairs, and we never once thought of suing a business that wasn’t. Well, not everyone is like us. Some people make their living suing businesses that can’t afford to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Here’s the story of one of those businesses, via The Blaze.

A decades-old Sacramento, Calif. burger joint is shutting its doors for being out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act because the owner says he can’t afford to bring it up to code.

Ford’s Real Hamburgers has been slinging burgers, fries and shakes for years, but was hit hard in the recession. Now, KTXL-TV is reporting that a local attorney who makes his living filing ADA cases — many on his own behalf — is suing the restaurant — and Ford‘s can’t keep up.

“We scrimped and saved and cut down the staff. I’m down to six employees,” owner Hank Vereschzagin told KTXL.

As the station noted, Ford’s is indeed out of ADA compliance: There isn’t enough room to roll into the bathroom in a wheelchair. But Vereschzagin said he just doesn’t have the money to fix the more than 60-year-old building.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going to do next,” he said. “I just know I can’t keep this open.” (Read More)

So now this business will no longer exist, and nobody will be allowed to go there and enjoy their burgers. Is this really what we want? Do we really want to put people out of business because they can’t afford to let a few people in? Do their employees really need to lose their jobs over this? Isn’t the fact that they lose business because they aren’t accessible to the disabled punishment enough? Aren’t there plenty of others out there who will pick up the slack and reap the profits? Do we really need to allow this to happen, in this wretched economy?