Westminster, CO - A Colorado mother was shocked at what she found when she returned to her car after a Target shopping trip.
Naomi Barringer and her ten-year-old daughter Kaitlyn found a note stuck to their windshield from a person claiming they had illegally parked in a handicapped parking space.
“I observed you parking in this Handicapped parking place today,” the note reads. “It appears that you are not really handicapped- perhaps just in a hurry, or worse, just plain lazy.”
The note angered Barringer, whose daughter suffers from a rare genetic disorder called hypophosphatasia, which often makes it difficult for her to walk long distances.
Kaitlyn also suffers from chronic pain, and often has to use crutches or a wheel chair to move around. But that day she had been walking fine.
"In case you don't know, these spots are reserved for people who are truly handicapped," the note continues. "And because of idiots like you, they have to park farther away, or not be able to come here at all."
Barringer told The Huffington Post that her car was only parked in the spot for around ten minutes, and that she had the proper handicapped parking sign displayed in the window.
“I was upset particularly since the place card was displayed and because of the harsh nature of the letter,” she told The Huffington Post. “Disabilities come in many forms, several of which you can’t see just by looking at someone.”
The mother said that she let her daughter read the note because, “She will encounter people like this throughout her life.”
“It is important for her to be able to advocate for herself and know how to effectively and appropriately respond to these types of situations,” Barringer said.
The family started a GoFundMe page for Kaitlyn, which helps them cover medical and transportation expenses associated with the rare disorder.