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Man who uses wheelchair says he can't get into supermarket

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Changes at a grocery store in New Britain are keeping those who are disabled from coming in.

The Save A Lot on Main Street has put up new gates to keep their carts from being stolen, but those gates are too narrow for wheelchairs.

"Until Monday these two bars weren't here, they added this," said Gary Liebler, of New Britain. "It used to be this bar and that bar where I could get through."

Liebler is a regular shopper at the Save A Lot, but this week, he said he felt very unwelcome.

"This place was handicap accessible," Liebler said. "I don't see how you can turn it around."

Liebler said he told the store manager he was having a problem and they told him he could get in through a side gate. That gate has a lock and they would have to have someone come out and unlock it for him.

"So now every day, I have to stay in front of the store and hope someone will let me in," Liebler said. "One day, I had to stay outside for 30 minutes."

Other people, who are disabled, told Eyewitness News they are having the same problem.

Eyewitness News tried to talk to the manager of the Save A Lot, but he could not comment about the situation. 

"I always thought there were some rights for me, you know," Liebler said. "This takes away my dignity. I feel like someone punched me."

Eyewitness News called Save A Lot's corporate office to find out what they can do. They told Eyewitness News they will be adding a buzzer to the locked doors, so people such as Liebler will be able to get into the store like everyone else.

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