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Woman accused of 'stealing' handicapped parking spot asks if her response was too mean.

Woman accused of 'stealing' handicapped parking spot asks if her response was too mean.

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People make a lot of assumptions about disabilities and what qualifies someone to use a handicapped parking spot. There are a lot of physical disabilities and sources of chronic pain and difficulty that are invisible to the naked eye, so unless someone is overt about stealing space from a disabled person, it's best to not assume they don't need it themselves.

Sadly, because of misinformation and a culture that still systemically erases the diverse realities of disability (both physical and mental), the general public has a very limited image of who is disabled.

If you appear "young and healthy" it's not uncommon for people to accuse you of faking it, or not having a valid ailment, which opens up a very complex can of worms.

In a recent post on the Am I The *sshole subreddit, a young woman asked if she was wrong for snapping at an older woman who demanded her parking spot.

AITA for /how/ I told someone I would not give up my handicap spot?

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