Woman horrified by nasty note left on her car as she parks in disabled spot07/13/2022
A woman with a disabled parking permit has left horrified by a a nasty note left on her car by a stranger.
In the note, which she shared online, the stranger said she “should be ashamed” for using the spot because she could walk.
Katie Brebner Griffin suffers from multiple health conditions. These include severe endometriosis, a nervous system disorder and complex, chronic pain, which she says impacts every aspect of her life.
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The 29-year-old, from Melbourne, Australia, was given a disabled parking permit earlier this year due to her conditions, which she said has been an ‘absolute game-changer’.
However, because she doesn't need to use a mobility aid, Katie said people often stare and ask where her wheelchair is when she parks in a disabled spot.
Things reached a new level when she recently went to the shops and found a nasty note left on her car, though.
“I’m able to get into the outside world a bit more as I don’t have to use up as much energy getting to and from places," Katie told news.com.au.
“It’s also really helpful for the times when my symptoms suddenly flare up and I need to lie down – there’s less distance to cover to get home.
“But recently, I was at the shops with my partner before heading to a birthday.
“We’d been there for 20 minutes, and when we came back to our car there was an anonymous note on the dashboard.
“I felt anxious and ashamed at first, even though I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong."
Katie admits she's 'angry now' after receiving three notes in just four months of having the permit.
She says she doesn't like 'feeling watched' when she's out and about.
The note even said that the stranger had taken photos of her walking out of her car, which they had sent to the council.
They added: "This is an abuse of parking, I’m in a wheelchair and can’t park. You should be ashamed. A photo and rego has been taken."
Katie said this isn't the first time something like this has happened, and she often feels judged when she uses a disabled parking spot.
She said that people don't understand that because she can look ‘fine’ or ‘normal’ to them, unfortunately it doesn’t mean she's able-bodied or healthy.
Katie is now sharing her journey over on her @ohkdarling Instagram page to help educate about different disabilities.
She says her endometriosis pain is so severe that she has to have a permanent spinal cord implant to help deal with it and is in 'constant pain' with 'limited energy', which can often leave her in bed for days.
Katie says she's like people to remember that 'just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there.'
She also reminded people that notes like she's been getting could be making a disabled person’s day a whole lot worse.
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