A mother and her disabled son had their experience at Walt Disney World spoilt when they found a very unpleasant note stuck to their car.
Tricia Proefrock took her 13-year-old son Mason, who has Lennox Gastaut syndrome, to the Florida resort last week to spend the day at the Magic Kingdom, one of his favourite places in America.
On past visits Ms Proefrock, from Palm Beach Gardens, parks in bays reserved for disabled visitors. But they were all taken.
The mom was granted permission to leave her vehicle in the general car park, however when she returned she found a sarcastic note on the windscreen.
It read, “This is not a ticket, but if it were in my power, you would receive two. Because of your bull-headed, inconsiderate, feeble attempt at parking, you have taken enough room for a 20 mule team, 2 elephants, 1 goat and a safari of pygmies from the African interior.
“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 those categories.”
The note went to wish the driver “transmission failure” in rush hour traffic and “the Fleas of a thousand camels to infest your armpits”.
Ms Proefrock told The Independent she was upset with Disney over the parking bays they use if the accessible spaces are full because it “feels wrong and sets us up to be sitting ducks for everyone’s judgement”.
Sharing her thoughts on the note left on her car Proefrock said: “I see it was an attempt at humour, yet it’s also a passive-aggressive form of harassment to a stranger who was just following instructions and doing what’s safest for my child.”
In a separate interview the mom told Fox 35: “So, if you see a car taking two spots, maybe instead of wishing us a broken transmission, you can try to think about WHY a wheelchair accessible van in a medical parking section might need 2 spots.”
Tricia Proefrock said she had no desire to track down who wrote the note, her priorty is Disney’s accessible parking options.
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