Sarah Metcalfe parked in a handicapped space, and came back to find this note.
Like many sufferers of fibromyalgia, Sarah Metcalfe of York, UK, doesn't look disabled. Her symptoms come and go unpredictably, but when they flare up, they're severe. Pain, fatigue, stiffness, disorientation, and stomach bloating are all common. For this reason, fibromyalgia entitles people in many countries, including the US and the UK, to a handicapped parking permit.
Despite that, somebody didn't approve of Metcalfe parking in a handicapped spot, and chose to make their complaint personal. They left an angry note on her car, reading: "BEING FAT AND UGLY DOESN'T COUNT AS DISABLED (PARK ELSEWHERE)." Despite the playful stationery with an image of stiletto heels, this is one of the shittiest parking-related notes we've ever seen, and we've seen some shitty ones.
Sarah Metcalfe. (via Facebook)
You may remember the story we reported about an amputee who walked so convincingly with her prosthetic leg, someone assumed she wasn't disabled and tried to shame her. This case is similar to that, but much worse. Nobody called that woman "fat and ugly." However, despite how upsetting Metcalfe's note was, she decided to go public for a very selfless reason.
She posted the note to Facebook along with a message for the author, and for anyone who chooses to judge a stranger:
Please don't be so quick to judge people by appearances. I fear one day you may say the same to someone and it could really push them over the edge. Luckily I am open minded and know that appearances can be deceptive and that some people don't know these things. But I would just like to say to you if your reading this now that it's better to be kind than hateful- quite frankly you never know what kind of day a person is having and what the consequences of your actions will be.
Powerful words, Ms. Metcalfe. Thank you for stepping up.