In the UK there's a family with a wheelchair using 7 year old and right in front of their house were steps to a lower street that they couldn't manage.
It was too steep for one of those ramps that run alongside steps. I push my wife in a wheelchair, so I have experience of these things.
They've asked the local council for some assistance and they came up with this monstrosity.
They don't like it, understandably. It's also attracted youths who now use it as a skateboard run. Someone at the council should have realised that.
Oh, and it cost Â£40k.
They could have paid for driving lessons and a car for a fraction of that. They could have made an arrangement for council employees to be on call and make a slight detour from where they already are.
They could even pay for taxis - 10 times a week to drive along the street and around the corner...Â£40k would have paid for that for over 70 years.
Instead, they now have an eyesore and a social problem that will result in additional costs for policing, vandalism and other maintenance.
What's more crazy is that the UK benefit system has a disability allowance that specifically recognises additional costs as a result of mobility issues.
It is precisely intended for such a purpose as this. There's a lower rate where someone would, for example, need a bus for a short journey where fully fit people would walk, but where you are a wheelchair user, like this girl, it's over Â£50 a week.
Alternatively, it's social housing and the council should have provided somewhere more suitable originally or should have done so if the issue arose after being housed.