Disabled Woman Criticised For Parking In A Handicap Space Because She Doesn't Use A Wheelchair

The stranger may have thought they were doing the right thing, but their passive aggressive note was simply insensitive and ignorant

Justine was out shopping with her daughter last Autumn, when she returned to her car to find a stranger had left a strange note.

Facebook / Justine Van Den Borne

“Did you forget your wheelchair???”

Justine had parked in a handicap space, as she always does, but one person seemed to be upset about it because she doesn’t use a wheelchair. It appears the person who left the note is under the impression that only those in wheelchairs have disabilities that limit their mobility.

This is not the case.

Facebook / Justine Van Den Borne

Justine was devastated when she saw the passive aggressive note – with good reason. When she was 35, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

She even had her parking permit on the dashboard. There was no reason for the writer of the note to believe Justine was being disingenuous, other than them being completely ignorant and jumping to conclusions.

When she got home, Justine took to Facebook to share her thoughts:

“To person that left this on my car last week at Mitcham Shopping Centre — I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was 35.

Not just MS but the worst one that never goes away and is slowly crippling my life.” 

Facebook / Justine Van Den Borne

“My kids have had to deal with things that kids shouldn’t ever have to deal with and all of our futures are forever changed.”

“On the day you saw me I was having a good day, I was walking with my daughter unaided having a nice day.

Thank you for ruining that.”

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“You made me feel like people were looking at me, the exact way I feel when I can’t walk properly.

I am sick of people like yourself abusing me on my good days for using a facility I am entitled to.”

Facebook / Justine Van Den Borne

“A disability doesn’t always mean a person has to be wheelchair bound but lucky for you I one day will be.

“Before you ruin another persons day remember you don’t know everything and just because you can’t see it it doesn’t mean a person isn’t struggling to put one foot in front of the other.”