A MODEL accused of taking drugs and having sex in the toilets of a Wetherspoon pub was on fact emptying her stoma bag.
Amber Davies, 21, suffers from ulcerative colitis and the debilitating condition means she needs regular trips to the bathroom.
She says the disability means that she needs to empty the bag 15 times a day running back and forth to the loo.
But during a night out in Birmingham she was accosted by bouncers and accused of taking or dealing drugs.
University student Amber she was grabbed by doorstaff who “very happily and very openly accused me of snorting, dealing and having sex in the disabled toilet”.
“Being out with a group of lads made me look further ‘suspicious’, one of these being my boyfriend who assisted me in the disabled toilets on this final occasion,” she said.
“He was taken aside and questioned separately.”
The workers at the Dragon Inn bar told her “there is no other reason I would need to visit it so often”.
Amber, of Builth Wells, Powys, says she wants to use the negative experience to raise awareness about her condition, which she was diagnosed with when she was 13.
In an open letter to the pub, she said: “My disability is what’s called a ‘hidden disability’, it;s a chronic, debilitating, lifelong illness that gives me the pleasure of standing up to people like you in educating and raising awareness so other sufferers don’t have to suffer this kind of difficulty, shame, discrimination and awkwardness.”
Because Amber has had most of her bowel and rectum removed she has no control over going to the toilet and needs to empty the stoma bag constantly.
“It can make going out, especially on nights out, a pretty daunting prospect,” she said.
“To collect my waste I wear a device called a stoma bag over my stoma.
“Although it may appear like a bum bag, an accessory, not a very big deal. Its actually a very essential thing as part of my daily living.”
Amber – a third-year student at Cardiff Metropolitan University who also models for ethical fashion chain Aura Clothing – complained to Wetherspoon and was given a gift card as an apology.
A JD Wetherspoon spokesman said staff apologised to her at the time.
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“A female member of door staff spoke with Ms Davies, who explained her disability.
“Staff expressed that if this had been known beforehand, or an explanation given sooner, the situation could have been avoided.
“Staff listened at length to Ms Davies points, never once questioning her disability and apologised for the confusing situation on both sides.”
The 21-year-old wrote an angry open letter to the pub[/caption]
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