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September 19, 2021

Mom of Boy with Disability Finds Rude Note on Her Car in a Parking Lot

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Tricia Proefrock opened up about her experience receiving a harsh note for parking in two handicapped spots. However, she had permission to do so.

Despite parking in the handicapped area and leaving many other slots available, Tricia Proefrock still received a note on her car with harsh words.

According to Tricia, their family van has a handicapped placard in the rearview mirror since her son Mason, 13, has an epileptic condition called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, leaving him in need of a wheelchair.

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They found a "parking violation" slip that someone left on their car during their recent family trip to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park. The note read:

"[...] Because of your bull-headed, inconsiderate, feeble attempt at parking, you have taken enough room for a 20 mule team, 2 elephants [...]."

It continued, "The reason for giving you this is so that in the future you may think of someone else other than yourself. Besides, I don't like domineering, egotistical, or simple-minded drivers, and you probably fit into one of these categories."

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The stranger insulted the driver in hopes that it would elicit a change in how Tricia parked her car, perhaps not knowing Mason's requirements.

According to Tricia, the park approved the family van to take up two handicapped slots since there were no available ramp-accessible spots. The space gave her enough room to wheel her son out.

Although Disney Parks did not release a statement, their Orlando theme park's site informs guests of the available disability parking lots. However, there are no guidelines regarding full ramp-accessible slots.

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Tricia was initially upset over the note but realized that the lack of available ramp access at theme parks was the underlying problem. 

Two 26-year-old women received a letter from an anonymous neighbor informing them that everything could be seen from their shower window.

"[Walt Disney World] are so amazing in so many ways when it comes to availability, but they can do so much better in the parking lot," she shared. She has since received an overwhelming amount of support from people who understood her. 

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Emma Doherty, mom to Bobby, was in a similar situation as a stranger left a note on her car about parking in a disabled spot without a disabled person.

Upset, Doherty went on social media to share what happened and explain that her son is terminally ill. In addition, she claimed that not all impairments are visible.

In her post, Doherty explained the severity of her son's disease and the number of surgeries he underwent in the past. The reason why she chose to carry her son instead of using a wheelchair was that they were late.

Fortunately, not all notes left by strangers are mean. Previously, two 26-year-old women received a letter from an anonymous neighbor informing them that everything could be seen from their shower window.

Although the note was embarrassing to receive, the neighbor's gesture allowed them to take precautions for their safety.

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