Paddy McGuinness Slams 'Ignorant' Man For Having A Go At Him For Using Disabled Parking Space
Paddy McGuinness has hit out a fellow motorist who attempted to have a go at him for using a disabled parking space when he was out with his kids.
The Take Me Out host has six-year-old twins Leo and Penelope who have autism and a three-year-old daughter Felicity who he and wife Christine also think is on the autistic spectrum.
Paddy took to Twitter to vent after his encounter with the 'ignorant tool', who challenged him while he was going to a play centre with his little ones.
He wrote: "Just had a 'deep breath and walk away' moment. Dropped my little ones off at a play centre.
"Parked in a disability space while they got out. Had all our relevant disability badges on display only for some b****** to come over and tell us that we don't look disabled?
"I took a deep breath and sent my children in. Luckily, they didn't understand what was going on.
"Once they'd happily gone in, I approached this ignorant tool.
"All I wanted to do was bounce him off every car but there would only be one loser in that, me!
"Instead I tried to explain to him that not all disabilities are the same? The ignorance and sheer pomposity of telling someone they don't look disabled really makes my blood boil! How does someone have to look to have a disability? #ignorance.
"This sad individual was also parked in a disability bay? He was able bodied but it would never cross my mind to ask him what his disability was as he could clearly walk? Unless you get a blue badge for being an ignorant p****? He was clearly qualified!"
His tweets struck a chord with social media users who have rushed to support Paddy and his family, while others shared their own experiences of living with 'invisible disabilities'.
One person wrote: "You should never have to explain to anyone why you are parked in that space - it's nobody else's business but yours, totally disgusting behaviour from that individual - hope they think about their actions in future."
Another added: "Love this tweet! As someone who has an invisible disability I have has to deal with some really ignorant people along the way! It says more about them as individuals than us!"
While a third wrote: "Well done Paddy. Perhaps you made him understand and question his assumptions, here's hoping. Well done for not giving him a thick ear."
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