A disabled comedian has claimed she was “humiliated and embarrassed” after a train guard made her move her mobility scooter to make way for a mother and baby.
She said the guard then made an announcement that she was “causing problems” and the train would consequently be “delayed indefinitely” during the incident on Sunday.
Ms Davis, 47, who has a form of dwarfism, was travelling on the 11am service to London Paddington after headlining Plymouth Comedy Club on Saturday.
She had left her mobility scooter in the unreserved disabled space before a young mother got on and asked to use it for a pram.
In a tearful video about the incident, Ms Davis said: “We were an hour into the journey and a woman got on and there was all this commotion and I hear the guard get on and he’s like ‘you gotta fold up this scooter and all the suitcases’.”
The comedian, who lives in Norwich, said she was told to fold up the scooter or leave it in the concourse and then move it out of the way at every stop.
“It got all escalated and he basically said ‘fine I’m calling the police and this train will be stopped at Taunton’,” she said.
“And then he made an announcement over the tannoy saying that it was the woman with the mobility scooter who’s causing problems and that we would be delayed indefinitely.”
Was TOLD i had to move my scooter out of the wheelchair space on @GWRHelp for a woman with a baby pram. The spot was NOT reserved. My partner and I made a fuss cuz prams r supposed to b folded. Guard threatened to kick us off train. @bbcbreakthenews @itvnews pic.twitter.com/e4WCjWxgxq— Tanyalee Davis (@TanyaleeDavis) July 15, 2018
She added: “It was humiliating and I cried for most of the journey home. It was really embarrassing and I’m sick of this, having to deal with this all of the time.
“I don’t know what it is about this country. They really make you feel disabled.
"Just because I use a mobility scooter it doesn't make me a pariah, it doesn't make me less disabled."
"I'm just trying to make a living, to make people laugh," she said.
A GWR spokesperson said: “No one travelling with us should be left feeling like this. This should not have happened, and we have been in touch with Tanyalee to apologise directly.
“She has asked to speak with a senior member of our team to talk about her experience – and how we might avoid it happening again - and we have said we would be very happy to arrange this as soon as possible.”