A mother who took her disabled son to Walt Disney World felt "humiliation" and "shame" after receiving a mean note on her car for taking up two parking spaces.
Tricia Proefrock from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, brought her 13-year-old son, Mason, to the Magic Kingdom park.
"It's the highlight of both of our lives," she told Fox 35.
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Proefrock told the news outlet Mason has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a type of epilepsy that can affect a person's ability to walk, talk, and see correctly.
Because of his condition, Mason requires a wheelchair, and the family usually parks in Disney's parking lot designated for those with disabilities.
"When the side of the lot with ramp accesses are full, the only remaining spots have no ramp access."
"Every single time out of dozens of trips, the cast members instruct me to take two spots, by parking directly on the white line. This gives me room to wheel my son out of the vehicle."
Proefrock said she did not like taking up two parking spaces but was told by cast members—the lingo for Disney employees—there was no other option at the time.
Proefrock also reiterated on Facebook she hung her disability access placard on the rearview mirror and "the handicapped spots were NOT gone, only the ones with ramp access."
When the family returned to their vehicle, Proefrock discovered someone had left a fake parking violation slip on her windshield.
Mother visiting Disney World with her disabled son says she was left a rude note for taking up 2 parking spots… https://t.co/wNaB7KEAlp— Michele Cushing (@Michele Cushing) 1631536014.0
The printed note, which was obtained by Insider, read:
"This is not a ticket, but if it were within 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 note continued:
"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 these categories."
How rude the person leaving this note was/is (as it looks as if they put these notices on lots of vehicles for hand… https://t.co/OzmYeMPvA5— Oy Vey Bubbe🔯 (@Oy Vey Bubbe🔯) 1631569888.0
just beyond disgusting... and this is who you share your magical Disney day with people.. https://t.co/rXvaf0PW3A— Ocicat (@Ocicat) 1631471958.0
The irony is leaving behind a note stating that the person only thinks of themselves when it's patently obvious tha… https://t.co/suvhn6Jjpy— J. Hicks (@J. Hicks) 1631492940.0
As a Support Worker it's very disheartening seeing things like this 😩 People can be so mindless! Mother Visiting D… https://t.co/vuYhyEgq6r— KageMane no Jutsu 🙏🏾 (@KageMane no Jutsu 🙏🏾) 1631573886.0
The anonymous parkgoer wished her an "early transmission failure" on their way home and concluded the note with:
"May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits."
As the husband of a handicapped wife, I despise these 2 spot killers who can't tell that they're the POS they screa… https://t.co/Yw3VVtSYMN— "Cold Dead Hands!" - CONSERVATIVE TEXAN 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 (@"Cold Dead Hands!" - CONSERVATIVE TEXAN 🇺🇸 🇺🇸) 1631558800.0
The disgusting Vermin that left this to that poor mother, is a pig and I hope that their vehicle get infested with… https://t.co/gIkCksdK9r— Indiasdream (@Indiasdream) 1631589876.0
Proefrock said she was angry "because I felt like the situation of taking two spots naturally sets us up to be judged."
She also reiterated she always checks "for open ramp spots and end spots, before taking two spots."
Maybe the mother could leave a note on her windshield saying WHY she is taking up two spaces. Many people doing th… https://t.co/m5jzmww1ug— carolyn king (@carolyn king) 1631544824.0
There was little that could be done after she informed a cast member about the note.
"I did let a cast member know the following day at Epcot that I had a ramp, and that someone had left the note the day before."
"He was apologetic but could not offer any advice except again, to take two spots."
Proefrock hopes her story would inspire others to think twice before drawing an unfair conclusion.
"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."