It seems like these days, everybody gets worked up about all kinds of things that are none of their business. The old phrase “live and let live” seems to be lost on a lot of people, especially random strangers we meet in parking lots.
We found a story about a mother who took her daughter to a department store to do some shopping, and when she came out, found a terribly nasty note on her windshield. The reason? She had the audacity to park in a space reserved for people with disabilities. But as you’ll see, she managed to school the anonymous parking lot troll. Wait till you read about her story.
Colleen Stice of Tulsa, Oklahoma recently took her daughter to go shopping at a local Target store. When she pulled into the parking lot, she spotted a free space and pulled right in.
The parking space was reserved for people with disabilities, but that is okay, because Colleen’s daughter is severely disabled, and relies on a wheelchair to get around.
On this particular day however, Colleen did not bring the four year old’s wheelchair with them, because it was in the shop having maintenance work done. Because her daughter is only four years old, she figured it would be fine to simply carry her in her arms until the got a shopping cart.
When the mother and daughter returned to their car however, they were greeted by a particularly nasty note pinned to the windshield.
The writer of the note, no doubt a busybody with too much time on their hands and no sense of civil courtesy, took umbridge at Colleen’s use of a disabled parking spot.
The note read:
“We watched you pull into the handicap spot and get out carrying a toddler. You have no right to park in a handicap space. It is for handicap people! Shame on you!”
She was unsurprisingly upset by the note. Speaking with local media, she said “Immediately, I felt shocked for a minute, but then I was just angry, I was so mad. I cried from being so mad because I couldn’t believe someone felt the need to pass judgment on someone and to put it so cruelly. You don’t know who you’re passing judgment on, so don’t do it.”
Colleen has decided to use the nasty note as a teachable moment to ask people not to be so judgemental of each other, especially when they do not always have all the information they need to indict someone.
She has posted a picture of the note, along with her story, to Facebook, where people have shared it almost two thousand times already.
Many people have commented on the post, sharing their support for Colleen and her daughter, and for her message, saying things like:
“So sorry this happened to you and your sweet son. Please know that many people care and wish the best for you. God bless you and Merry Christmas.”- Anon.
“People can be hurtful. No one can judge who actually needs a handicap sticker. Just because you can walk doesn’t mean you are not sick or that you are not able to walk far. You wouldn’t have the handicap parking tag if you didn’t need it.”- Anon.
“I have a blue badge due to mobility issues. I am quite young and I frequently get black looks when I pull into disabled spaces. Usually changes though when I hobble out on crutches.. Never judge. I’ll admit I used to do it. not now”- Grumpygranny
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