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Gates removed to allow disabled into New Britain store

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

The gates at a grocery store in New Britain caused problems for several disabled people because it was preventing them from getting into the establishment.

However, store officials have removed the gates after complaints and media attention.

The Save A Lot on Main Street put up new gates to keep their carts from being stolen, and store officials said they are expensive to replace.

However, those same gates are too narrow for wheelchairs.

"I was getting nowhere. I was using common sense. I was telling them 'you cannot do this to me,'" said Gary Liebler, who uses a wheelchair. "Not just me, but a lot of people can't stick up for themselves."

Last week, Liebler, of New Britain, contacted Eyewitness News about his inability to get into the store.

Liebler was not alone. New Britain resident Jill Savage said she "almost tripped and banged my head" while trying to get into the store.

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. However, at times, he has waited about 30 minutes.

Eyewitness News contacted the corporate offices for Save A Lot and they told the station the store would be adding a buzzer to the locked doors. This way people such as Liebler will be able to get into the store like everyone else.

When Eyewitness News showed up at Save A Lot on Thursday, the gate was completely gone.

"I did a little shopping and today, I am going shopping when I leave here," Liebler said, "not because I need to food, because I can."

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