It was just another typical day for Naomi Barringer and her 10-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Barringer. They stopped at the local Target for a few things. When they returned to their car they received a very ugly letter.
Kaitlyn suffers from a rare genetic disorder called hypophosphatasia. This causes her bones to be very fragile. In fact, when she was born, she had 13 bone fractures and had many more after that. This condition makes it hard for the girl to walk long distances.
Naomi has a permit in their car that allows her to park it in a handicapped parking spot, and so she did. After leaving the store and getting to their car, Naomi and Kaitlyn noticed something in the windshield. It looked like an advertisement at first, buttons they opened it they saw it was a note.
The note read:
“Greetings. I observed you parking in this handicapped parking place today. It appears you are not really handicapped. Perhaps just in a hurry or, worse, just plain lazy. In case you don’t know, these spots are reserved for the truly handicapped and, because of idiots like you, they have to park further away or not be able to come here at all. Before you throw this away, know that I have called in your license plate number to local police. Have a great day!”
“I was offended. I was hurt. Actually, I didn’t know people thought of me like that,” Kaitlyn told WFLA. “I am disabled and they may not know that, and I can understand that, because I do look normal. But I don’t think they have to do that.”
Kaitlyn looks like a normal girl, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t disabled. She was hurt to read the note. She had a message for everyone with a disability that faces the same suspicion.
“This made me really sad, so I feel like I should just try to comfort them and tell them that they aren’t stupid. They aren’t lazy. They have the sign because they need it,” she said. “Even if that need isn’t apparent at first glance.”
Remember not to judge a book by its cover.
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