The father of a disabled woman has shared a post urging people ‘not to judge’ after somebody left a note on his wife’s car when she parked in a disabled bay.
Alan Tanner’s wife Julie and their daughter Paige parked up in a disabled bay when they were out shopping at their local precinct.
When they returned, they found somebody had left a note on the car telling them they ‘will be reported’ for using the space.
The note read:
You will be reported for illegal use of a Blue Badge space.
I witnessed you and your young, able-bodied daughter park the car at 13:10 on 19 Feb 2018 and walk towards the precinct with no sign of a disability.
This selfish action deprives a disabled person of somewhere to park.
Obviously, the person didn’t leave a name or number, because they’re being somewhat cowardly by leaving a note after they’d left, as opposed to having an actual conversation.
Alan – in hope the person who wrote the note has the chance to see it – shared the note on Facebook:
Just thought I would post this. This was a letter left on my wife’s car today, when in Woodley precinct with Paige, she was parked in a disabled parking space. Paige has got a valid Disabled badge.
So to the person that wrote this letter , do not judge unless you know the full details of someone’s disability. Paige is not a young girl as you stated but a 23-year-old adult who is severely mentally disabled and requires 1:1 support at all times. I hope the person who wrote this gets to see this.
Those commenting were understandably outraged and one wrote: ‘Absolutely disgusting I hope the person that wrote this is very ashamed and u get an apology xxxxx think before u judge.’ [sic]
The next comment said: ‘Unbelievable, some people just ignorant. People should get their facts straight before acting like that. Feel angry on your behalf. Definitely bin it. Some people really are so insensitive and clearly have nothing better to do.’ [sic]
Another comment said:
Disability comes in many different forms so many that are invisible to others … such a shame that people feel that it is ok to comment when they know very little. [sic]
And another comment read:
Disgusting…disabilities come in all shapes and sizes…its outrageous that people judge when they don’t know the facts. Lately too many Ambulances are also getting messages left ok their window when they are parked outside people’s homes whilst attending to an emergency in someone’s house. [sic]
As those commenting on the post said, disabilities are often ‘invisible’, please respect that.
There are signs on many toilet doors now which highlight this, perhaps they should start putting them in car parks as well?