An Ohio woman, who’s been struggling to adjust after losing one of her legs last summer, was shocked to find a note on her car by a neighbor, that began with the words “Hey handicap!”.
Ashley Brady, 26, was in an accident last summer which caused her to lose her right leg. She now has a prosthetic and has spent the time since trying to adapt not only her mentality, but also her life and the world around her, to her handicap. One such struggle was the fight to get one of the parking spots in the lot of her apartment building to be designated a handicap spot. After having to wait almost the entire winter, due to snow and ice, Ashley finally got her parking spot, but then something unbelievable happened.
“I FINALLY get my parking spot and this small victory meant soo much to me. Then after having my parking spot only 2 days a lady who was not handicap and does not have plates parked in my spot.”
Brady, who contacted the Amputee Coalition of America about the incident, told them that she had left a note on the offending car, explaining why she needed that particular spot, and that she found it disrespectful that someone who wasn’t handicapped would use a spot designated for those with disabilities. She added that if the car was parked in the handicap spot again, it would be towed.
The next time Ashley returned to her car, she was in for a surprise in the form of a response note by the neighbor.
“1st, never place your hands on my car again! 2nd, honey you ain’t the only one with ‘struggles.’ You want pity go to a one leg support group! You messed with the wrong one! I don’t care about what your note said shove it, but you touch my car again and I will file a report, I am not playing! I let the office know the cry baby one leg touches my property I will cause trouble so go cry your struggles to someone who cares cause I’m walking away with both mine!!!!!!”
The note, that started with the disgusting salutation “Hey Handicap!” was signed — quite appropriately — “B**ch.”
With permission from Ashley herself, the Amputee Coalition of America posted a picture of the letter, along with an explanation from Brady as to what had happened prior to receiving the note, on their Facebook page. The note quickly went viral — having received over 3,000 shares from the Amputee Coalition’s Facebook alone — and the outpouring of love and support for Ashley has been overwhelming.
“I got a lot of feedback from this online from a lot of other amputees who have been in similar situations. You’re not just going to get what you want by being bullying [sic]. She told me to cry to someone who cares, so I went to the internet and it turns out a lot of people care.”
Though the management of the apartment complex in which Brady and the other woman live have yet to make a decision on what course of action to take, Ashley said she has filed a report with the police.
What would you have done if you were in Ashley Brady’s position?
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