What is your first thought when you see someone pulling into the handicapped spot in a parking lot? Most of us might be a little curious and see why they might be in that spot in the first place. Some people take it upon themselves to judge others on whether or not they should be allowed to use that spot – but those incidents are few and far between…usually. For one woman, she found herself confronted with a really awful person who didn’t think that she “deserved” the spot that he wanted…and he damaged her property to do so!
(Two of my children suffer from a rare, genetic bone disease and they both have recently had major surgery. My 10 year old had his hip rebuilt and is using a wheelchair, while my 13 year old had a tumor taken out of his ankle and is using a walker. The 10 year old also uses a walker to move from his chair to the car. I am parked in a handicapped space, and am trying to get them loaded into the car. There are 6 open handicap spaces, but this elderly man decides he needs the space directly next to my driver’s side.)
Elderly Man: *honking horn* “Get out of the way!”
Me: “I need to get the kids loaded. I’ll be out of the way shortly.”
Elderly Man: *honking even louder, scaring my 10 year old* “Get out of the way, lady! You don’t even need this spot.”
Me: “Sir, my two disabled children do need this spot, but there are several other open spots if you’re in a hurry.”
(By this time, I have my wheelchair bound child in the car. I set his walker aside to push the chair to the back of my car and retrieve my older child’s walker from the other side of the car. Unfortunately, I am not fast enough. The elderly man honks again, then bullies his way into the spot and DRIVES OVER the walker. I am nearly in tears, and have just put my head down trying to get the wheelchair folded up and put in the trunk of my car. The elderly man gets out of his car while I have the chair half way from the ground to the trunk.)
Elderly Man: “You’re very rude! You should be ashamed of yourself! You shouldn’t even be using this spot. It’s obvious you don’t need it!”
Me: *literally slack-jawed* “I’m sorry you feel that way…”
(As the elderly man leaves, two young men who look like thugs approach me.)
Young Men: “We’ve seen everything and feel really bad for you. Can we help you get the wheelchair and walkers into your car?”
Me: *crying and trembling* “Yes…”
(Not only do the young men get the medical equipment in my car, but they get my 10 year old laughing again with their non-stop jokes. After they finish helping me…)
Me: “Thank you! Can I do anything to repay your kindness?”
Young Men: *wave me off* “We’re just doing what decent people would do. Have a pleasant day!”
(I found out later that they’d noted the elderly man’s tag number and had gone inside to report the incident to the manager. The police were called and the elderly man was held responsible for the damage to the walker.)
These guys are super heroes in disguise! This mom was not able to report this man – she needed to get her kids home so that she could care for them. The way that he treated her was out of line, and I’m glad those guys were there as backup! Not only did they make the kids feel safer, they made sure that the old man was reported for his terrible behavior! Why did he think it would be okay to run over a child’s walker? It’s a good thing no one snapped a picture of this event, or it would already be VIRAL!
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