I am sixteen years old, and have been reading the blog for over two years, but I never thought I’d ever have a story to send to you until a few days ago.
I have pretty severe scoliosis, meaning I cannot walk for too great of a distance without having pains in my back. As such, I have a handicap placard to place in my mom’s car. Keep in mind that, where I live, it is against the law to keep the placard attached to the rear-view mirror while driving, so I can only put it on there once I’ve parked. I can see how this can be misconstrued, but all I’d ever gotten are a couple dirty looks, which I don’t really mind.
A few days ago, I pulled into the grocery store parking lot so I could pick up a few things for dinner, put the placard on the mirror, and started to go inside. I was stopped by a man who was also on his way in. He proceeded to go into a long, cuss-filled tirade on how lazy bleeping teenagers like me should leave those spaces for the people who really need them and how my placard was obviously a fake since I just bleeping put it on when I pulled in (never mind the state law that says I have to do that). I was a bit frightened at first, but honestly, I was expecting this kind of response from some people, so it didn’t affect me much.
I suppose it must have shown in my facial expression, though. The guy seemed to think I wasn’t “getting it,” so he marched over to my mom’s car, and with a shriek, he kicked a dent in the passenger door. The police were called, of course, but I had no idea that just being in my position could cause people to get violent. I know that people who say things like this man did think they’re doing what’s right, but property damage is not the way to get a point across! 0507-12