Many of us have done it: judged someone without knowing their real story. It’s pure ignorance and it’s what makes dealing with some people in this world a real challenge.
A young woman with Lupus recently parked her car in a handicap spot. Her handicap placard was clearly visible. But some incredibly ignorant moron couldn’t accept the fact that someone with a disability could actually walk into an establishment, even after parking in a handicap spot.
This idiot more than likely has no idea what Lupus is. That’s because they are too busy watching for people with handicap placards and then shaming them with nasty notes. Like this one this imbecile decided to leave on this woman’s windshield:
“You should be ashamed!!” the note read. “When you take a handicap spot an actual disabled person suffers. You were not raised as you should have been.”
No, moron, YOU are the one who should be ashamed. You’re not the one who has to put up with joint swelling and pain to the point where you can’t walk. You’re not the one who suffered a huge facial rash and hair loss. And if you did you probably wouldn’t be able to handle it.
My husband has experienced the same thing, except he faced the person head-on. My husband Michael has had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for almost thirty years. Like the woman with Lupus, one day he had parked his car in a handicap spot (with his placard clearly visible). He got out of the car and began walking towards the store. That’s when he was approached by some bold, ignorant jerk. After my husband took the bastard back to the car and showed him the MS sticker in the back window, along with the crutches that he kept in the car for his bad days, the prick actually had the nerve to apologize. My husband just walked away. It wasn’t the first time this had happened to him.
I know there are people who do illegally park in spaces dedicated for handicap individuals. There are fines for them. But let’s not penalize the person who is legally disabled and is challenged with something most of us take for granted: walking. These people have been punished enough in life.