A student who is partially-sighted says he was kicked out of a pub because the barman wrongly assumed he was drunk.
Dafydd Knops, 20, struggles to see in dimly-lit spaces, because he suffers from rare eye condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, which means his eyes do not adjust to the dark – leaving him with tunnel vision in dimly-lit areas and at night.
The condition meant that on December 1, while on a night out with friends, he bumped into a table and knocked over a stranger’s drink.
Dafydd, an archaeology student at University of West of England (UWE), had gone to The Berkeley pub in Clifton, Bristol, with some friends, when he was struck with poor vision.
He quickly apologised and attempted to explain his condition to the barman – but claims he was ignored and asked to leave.
He says that the staff member even ignored his appeals after he showed him his disabled bus pass.
After being left embarrassed and upset, Dafydd now wants to raise awareness about his condition to stop similar incidents happening again.
He said: ‘I tried to explain, but he wouldn’t listen and I didn’t want to seem to make the situation worse.
‘My vision goes quite tunnel-like, so I was focusing on not getting lost or hitting people but was struggling with my field vision.
‘I did try to explain that I honestly didn’t see the table and tried to get out my disabled bus pass as proof but he wasn’t having any of it.’
Dafydd says that this is not the first time staff at various venues have mistaken his condition as signs he is drunk.
But on previous occasions, he has not had a problem after explaining his condition.
He added: ‘I was annoyed about it. I understand why he thought I was drunk but he should have listened to me.
‘I went home early which isn’t the end of the world but I wanted to make more people aware of the condition so people might think twice before jumping to the wrong conclusion.’
The Berkeley pub says it does not have any information regarding the alleged incident.