Actress Kiruna Stamell stands just over a metre tall. She is a successful actress and has appeared in many TV programmes, including life is too short and Eastenders.
This week Kiruna made the news when she successfully sued the post office in a disability discrimination case.
The case was based around the fact that she was unable to use the post office's chip & pin machine, because it was secured high up on the counter, well outside her reach.
“It was really embarrassing”, Kiruna told the BBC, “because there was a really large queue behind me. I just wanted to be able to put my pin in like everybody else. I wasn't able to reach the machine and it wasn't able to be passed to me. So staff were improvising random steps that they passed to me; steps out of cardboard boxes and it was really quite humiliating”.
Initially Kiruna was unable to get the post office to put the machine on a flexible lead, so she's sued the organisation for disability discrimination, ie. for failing to make reasonable adjustments to the machines to accommodate her restricted height.
The post office has now settled the case; and is putting its machines on flexible leads.
Sometimes it takes a person like Kiruna; someone who is willing to stand up and fight for something they believe in, to bring about change. Lets hope the case will raise awareness of the issue with other service providers; who subsequently take proactive steps to rectify the situation.