Here's The Note This Woman Got For Parking In A Handicapped Spot
A woman was shocked when she noticed a note left on her car attempting to shame and out her for parking in a handicapped spot. Even though she is, in fact, handicapped.
Natasha Hope-Simpson, of Nova Scotia, Canada, was a victim of a hit and run back in November 2013 which tragically ended in the loss of part of her leg. Due to her use of a prosthetic leg, she usually parks in a handicapped parking space across the street from her job.
Even though she has a legal and official handicapped parking permit hanging from her windshield, an anonymous person who had witnessed Hope-Simpson parking in the spot day after day decided that they were going to leave her a note expressing their outrage.
“I have a video of you walking away from your car on numerous occasions, you are not handicapped,” the angry notes reads. “The next time you park here I will forward the video’s [sic] to police with your license plate number. You should be ashamed of yourself!!!!”
No, random angry citizen, it is you who should be slightly ashamed for your quick judgement. Although in he or she’s defence they do care enough about disabled people to monitor the situation and be willing to take action.
Hope-Simpson was understandably shocked to find the letter, and disability advocates say that the cruel note should not be accepted.
“It’s really none of our business whether they run out of the car, or crawl out of the car,” disability advocate Tova Sherman told CBC News. “Great example is people who live with fibromyalgia — chronic pain — it is episodic, meaning it comes and it goes.”
Despite the hostile note, Hope-Simpson says she’s actually taking the whole thing as a compliment.
“I’m kind of flattered about that, because I’ve been working pretty hard on my walk to make it look natural,” she admitted. Go you, Natasha.
On a side note, Hope-Simpson said the crash presented her with “a huge artistic challenge.” That is, how best to fill the space below her knee down to the ground with “something beautiful.” She declared that as an artist, her desire for an artificial limb goes beyond pure utilitarian need.
“What I want is something that’s beautiful and that speaks the language of the rest of my body,” she said. “I’d like it to give back balance to my form, and it should have a sense of femininity — it should feel like it’s a part of me.”
So she worked with groups of students at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and using 3-D printing managed to create the prosthetic limbs of her dreams, shown above and below. Stunning.