Thomas Mundy - concerned citizen or predator?

United States
February 25, 2009 10:45pm CST
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-adasuits5-2009jan05,0,1199199.story this guy who is disabled makes a living going around in california and finding businesses that arent following the guidelines for disabled people.. such as the counters may be too high for wheelchair bound people to use etc.. now this may sound GREAT but he has made a living off of only this and has gotten to where people have observed him only going into businesses to look for violations and not even buy anything etc.. where as he says he just happens upon them while doing his daily routine.. in california you get a settlement from the business you turn in.. so they estimate he has made personally $300,000 in like the past year and the same for his lawyer.. so obviously unless this guy just is always shopping and very lucky at stumbling onto violations it does seem he is lurking to just find a way to fine people and earn money.. what do you think? do you think its a good thing and he should be compensated? or do you think he is just preying on businesses for his own benefit?? i think everyone should report violations but it does seem like he is looking for them to earn money.. but considering we all know disability doesnt pay much any extra does help but ugh.. what do you think?
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• United States
26 Feb 09
I dont know, I have mixed feelings about this... Yes i think that buisness SHOULD be equipped with the right quipment for disabled people..As its really frustrating and can hurt feelings of thoes that go in somewere and cannot get around because there wheel chair dont fit,or the counter is WAY over their head.. and other things as well... One side of me thinks well. thats what the buisness get,for not doing what they should... But then again i think that it is wrong for this guy to just be spying about and finding places to sue or whatever too.... I think that it would suck to be him if one of thoes buisness found some charges that they can file on him and he has to pay back what he earned from sueing them PLUS more for doing what he did and has been doing LMAO..... But well if he honestly was just shopping around and finding places.. he does have 300,00 i would be shopping alot too hahaha:P... The truth will come out and he will get into alot of trouble im sure if he is doing like that..
• United States
28 Feb 09
im surprised that california lets him collect that much.. i know i leased apts in florida they werent handicap accessible but the grandfather clause let us get out of making them that way.. which i think is wrong because i think they should have been made to change them but at the same time i dont see how they could have made ramps to some of them.. but yeah i think its good that its helping it become better for everyone i think they should make him consider it as income so that he wouldnt be collecting full disabiltiy if he is bringing in a 6 figure income.. most places after 800 bucks you lose your disability payment so its like he has found a loophole.. i can see both sides i guess
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• United States
28 Feb 09
Well yea i dont think he should be still getting disability. if he spent his money right he would have enough to care for him for the rest of his life im sure..that i dont think is right....
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
26 Feb 09
well it is not easy to swallow why not if everything was right he would not have a case, people find nothing wrong with an inspector going in to these places because tehy say that is his job, so why not an ordinary person do it and that be his job too, if the law is there to give him the money if he finds anything then he is not doing anything wrong, he is making a business like anyone else.
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• United States
26 Feb 09
i think a lot of people are mad because he still takes money from the state for disability when he is bringing in that much and god knows california doesnt have any extra money to spare.. not to mention the government lol
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@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
2 Mar 09
The man is a predator and a con artist. He is no more concerned about accessibility than the store owner. He just blackmails businesses into supporting him.
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• United States
4 Mar 09
yeah i think he is using his disability as a cover to be a predator..
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• Canada
4 Mar 09
As a person with a challange (my wife and I are both legally blind), I can appreciate what this looks like on the surface. However, I think this guy is going out only for his own benefit. I can agree with ramps going into buildings, but complaining that there wasn't a handicapped bar in the restroom is plain nonsense.
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• Canada
28 Feb 09
I think this man is doing a great service, to make sure that businesses are accessible to everyone. I have a physical challenge myself, and have a problem with staris and a few other small issues. My step-daughter is paralyzed from the waist down, and is in a wheelchair. It's important that businesses are accessible to everyone.
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• United States
28 Feb 09
yeah i agree that businesses need to make changes for them to be handicapp friendly.. but i think it should count as income if he is doing and getting that much yearly.. he is getting money from the government for disability so he is raking it in both ways