Poor Richard Widmark.

He made over 60 movies, but when he died in 2008, obit reels highlighted one infamous scene from 1947’s Kiss of Death, the film that made him a star.

The actor was doomed to be remembered best as a sadistic reverse Sisyphus, pushing that screaming wheelchair-bound woman down the stairs“€”forever.

Although the passing decades have brought us other shocking cinematic sights”€”from bloody shower stabbings to incestuous toddler rape“€”Widmark’s star turn (shove?) retains its breath-stopping horror.

Maybe it’s because some of us secretly dread being the perp, not the victim, in that scenario”€”finding ourselves helpless in a different way, incapable of tamping down our inner Tommy Udo.

Because I”€™ll be honest with you: Sometimes cripples get on my nerves.

“€œThe handicapped insist on living like the rest of us”€”and almost always at our expense.”€

I”€™m indebted to my colleague Gavin McInnes, whose essay about attending the London Paralympics made it safe”€”you might even say “€œaccessible”€”€”for me to use that anachronistic noun.

I first noticed my impatience over twenty years ago while smoking outside a writers”€™ workshop at one of the older, ivy-covered University of Toronto colleges.

A fellow rolled up in his two-wheeled transport and tsk-tsked theatrically:

“€œI can”€™t beLIEVE this building doesn”€™t have a RAMP.”€

If not for his bratty pomposity, I might”€™ve refrained from snapping back:

“€œYeah, how dare those long-dead Victorian architects design this joint without consulting you?”€

Old and tired? Demanding a burger at Woolworth’s lunch counter. New hotness? Closing down a beloved burger joint because the counter’s not low enough.

That just happened to Ford’s Real Burgers in Sacramento. Meet Scott N. Johnson, a quadriplegic who fancies himself the Rosa Parks of the Hoveround set. Outside agitator Johnson filed an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against the family owned restaurant, claiming the eatery wasn”€™t “€œaccessible.”€

Despite testimony to the contrary from a longtime customer in a wheelchair, Ford’s lost the suit and duly shut down, unable to afford the renovations required to bring the restaurant into compliance.

Hey, maybe the owner could”€™ve gotten a loan or even an outright gift from his persecutor: Since 2003, “€œJohnson has filed several thousand lawsuits, collecting a net income of more than $2 million annually in statutory penalties.”€

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