Dad Of Disabled Daughter Slams Person Who Left Ignorant Car Note
Respecting the blue badge is one of the most important parts of parking your car in the UK as they guarantee a parking space for disabled people who need them.
Now the dad of one young disabled woman has spoken out after an ignorant do-gooder left a note on the woman's car while she was out shopping.
Paige Tanner, 23, and her mum were visiting a shopping centre in the Reading suburb of Woodley when they returned to find a note slamming them as 'selfish' for parking in a disabled bay - even though Paige is entitled to use it.
According to the Mirror, Paige has a blue badge because she has Tetrasomy 18p, a chromosome disorder leaving sufferers with effects such as shortness in height, heart defects and developmental problems.
Paige's condition means she needs round-the-clock support and is unable to do anything for herself. Despite that, the person who saw her leaving the car assumed she was much younger than she is, and - wrongly - not actually disabled.
The note, left this past Monday, read: "You will be reported for illegal use of a blue badge space.
"I witnessed you and your young able bodied daughter park the car at the precinct with no sign of disability.
"This selfish action deprives a disabled person of somewhere to park."
Paige's dad Alan wasn't best pleased when he saw the note, taking to Facebook to slam the do-gooder.
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"To the person that wrote this letter, do not judge unless you know the full details of someone's disability," Alan wrote in a Facebook post.
"Paige is not a young girl as you stated but a 23 year old adult who is severely mentally disabled and requires 1:1 support at all times. I hope the person who wrote this gets to see this."
The note quickly did the rounds on social media, attracting dozens of comments all in support of the Tanner family.
"Sorry this happened to you and your daughter, some people are so ignorant!!!!!" one person posted.
"Disgusting. Disabilities come in all shapes and sizes," another added. "It's outrageous that people judge when they don't know the facts."
WATCH THIS DRIVER CALL FOR WOMEN-ONLY PARKING SPACES ON THIS MORNING:
Alan thanked people for their comments, saying that if the person who left the note knew Paige they would understand why she needs the badge.
"Wish they had left [their] name and address," Alan said. "I could [have] dropped Paige off for a week. I'm sure they would change [their] mind!"
Good on Alan for speaking out. Hope that ignorant person does see the error of their ways.
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