DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 9, 2013
– deaf husband in dispute with deaf wife over dowry payment
In India in 2011, Rishi, a deaf man, married Khushboo, a deaf
woman, Her family promised to give dowry. Two things
went wrong. He told her he has a job, a lie as he was
unemployed. She promised dowry but never told him her family
was poor. Angry, the deaf man harrassed his wife every day
over dowry payment. The harrassment got worse and the police
arrested him. Legal experts say it is the first time it has
happened in India.
– background on deaf NFL player Derrick Coleman
Some DeafDigest subscribers wanted to know more about
Derrick Coleman who became the first deaf player to score
a touchdown in a NFL game. He became deaf at the age of 3;
played football at UCLA but was a sub, playing little.
As an oral person, he does not know ASL. The NFL teams did
not draft him but he signed with the Minnesota Vikings
as a free agent. They cut him and he signed with Seattle
Seahawks and made the team this season.
– more on the deaf man fired from Domino’s
DeafDigest mentioned a deaf Domino’s Pizza driver fired
for not being able to answer the phone. Domino’s system
has 4 groups – the management, the pizzamakers, the
front counter and the drivers. The front counter people
answer the phones, not the drivers. Also, the Domino’s web
site says two things – Team members are treated fairly, and
Team members respect each other and are free from harassment,
discrimination and intolerance. The fired employee’s
attorney will bring this up when the case comes to the courts.
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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 6, 2013
– we have many deaf Pizza delivery drivers
We have many deaf drivers for Domino’s, Papa John’s, etc.
One time years ago a deaf Papa John’s driver delivered
pizza to the home of the DeafDigest editor. Yet, Kyle
Riess, a young deaf man, was fired from his job with
Domino’s near Philadelphia. Why was he fired? Because
he could not use the voice telephone to handle the
orders! Discrimination? Yes, and he is filing a
lawsuit. A deaf attorney said Domino’s will lose the
case for sure. DeafDigest hopes he wins big money.
– A new TV channel for the deaf and hard of hearing
Sorry, not in USA, but in Slovenia, formerly part of the
old Yugoslavia, a Slovenian telecommunications provider,
T-2, is creating a new channel for the deaf and hard of
hearing. It is called Tipk TV and it provides daily news
in Slovenian sign language, and it is managed by deaf
and hard of hearing people. The press release didn’t say
if it is 24/7 and if there are captions – because many
deaf and hard of hearing people do not use sign language!
Why don’t have it in USA? Three reasons – money, money and
– a threat by a deaf man to sue the town council
In Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, a deaf man was accused
of having a dangerous dog. He was given a ticket by the
police and asked to come to the council meeting to
discuss this matter. The interpreter did not show up.
The town council voted to proceed with the case even
without an interpreter. The deaf man got angry and
threatened to file a lawsuit. The town council changed
its mind and agreed to postpone the case, hoping to
find another interpreter. Why did the town council vote
to go ahead? Because several witnesses showed up and
the council did not want to tell them to go home!
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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 5, 2013
– The Japanese deaf have same complaints as we have
Captioned TV programs in Japan are growing slowly
every year. The Japanese deaf people have the same
complaints that we have – that these captions block
faces, scores, graphics, etc. We have complained since
1980 and this problem is not going away!
– a dishonest hearing aid dealer
A hearing aid dealer told a deaf person that the new
hearing aid would cost $745 but is fully refundable if
there is no satisfaction. But the salesman rushed the
deaf person into signing the contract without allowing
her to read it carefully. The actual cost was $6.700,
and not $745 as promised. And the new hearing aid was
lousy. When the deaf person complained, the dealer
still would not refund the money. It took the efforts
of the Better Business Bureau, the California Department
of Consumer Affairs and a local TV investigative reporter
to force the dealer to give a refund in full amount.
The state is now working on shutting down that dealership.
– deaf person mystery with the world’s most famous movie
The Wizard of Oz, produced in 1939, is a movie classic,
just about one of the world’s most famous movies. Did
a deaf person work behind the scenes? Toto, the dog in
the movie, was trained by someone, who had problems
understanding the tones. Was he deaf or was he tone-deaf
(cannot hear in the higher frequencies)? No one knows, but
he messed up the scene that the dog was to “follow” the
dancing group. As a result, this messed-up scene was cut
from the filming!
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