A husband has shared his fury after his wife found an angry note on her car windscreen, accusing her of illegally using a disabled space.
The note branded her as a “pig” and claimed his wife Stacie Friend, 43, was “not disabled” — when in actual fact she’s battling Parkinson’s Disease.
Sharing a photo of the shocking letter on Facebook, Jeff Paolella, from Pennsylvania, US, revealed his hopes that his post would reach the person who had written the letter.
He wrote: “To the person that left this lovely note, who are you to declare someone disabled or not?
“You may have seen her walk on her own two feet into the store last night, but did you take a minute to stop and notice the tremors in her arms and legs. Or did you even take note of the fact that her balance was slightly off.
“Seriously, when did this world become such a place full of anger and hatred? This note, the name-calling, and the keying of the hood of my car was totally uncalled for!”
The photo has since received a slew of outraged comments from social media users.
“Disgusting person who wrote that filthy note and keyed your vehicle should never have done that!” One commentator wrote.
Another added: “Unfortunately, this happens all the time to the invisibly disabled.”
“One of my customers has Parkinson’s, it’s horrible,” one user said. “Just because you don’t see a disability, doesn’t mean that one doesn’t exist.”
While another added: “What the hell is wrong with people. I’m disgusted that someone would do this.”
It’s not the first time a person with a disability has been targeted by “concerned” members of the public. Last year, a Brisbane mother was sent an anonymous letter by a neighbour who asked her to stop letting her disabled son play outside and to stop him making “disturbing” noises.
That neighbour threatened the mother with legal action and even called the police, but was publicly shamed when the note was shared on social media.