Everyone has a pet peeve. For the person who left this insensitive note, it seems to be people who use handicap parking. For me? It is people who judge without context or knowledge of the thing or person they are judging.
This note was placed on a BMW in a handicapped spot at the downtown YMCA in Grand Rapids. Following is the Facebook response from the wife of the car owner.
Photo credit: Leslie Milstead
I wanted to tell you a little bit about my husband since you took the time to write him in the parking lot last night.
You were so close on the age, he's actually 36, and he is a professional with a full time job. He is also a quadriplegic, which for him means that he can no longer move his legs or his fingers in either hand. He has no grip.
So, if you are willing to give him your functioning hands and legs for the rest of your life in exchange for his 6-year old BMW and handicapped parking pass, I'm sure he'd make that trade.
As for "having the world by the ass"...you think he's some arrogant jerk who wants to park his fancy car in a handicapped spot and strut into the YMCA in Grand Rapids, MI because he thinks he's a bad ass? Why are you so confident that a handicapped person couldn't be a hard worker who is successful and owns a nice vehicle?
I would say he's a good guy dealing with some tough circumstances that he refuses to be knocked down by. Thankfully, he just shakes his head at people like you who leave notes on his car. Trust me, you aren't the first. Ignorance is everywhere.
P.S. Look Matt Milstead up on Facebook. You'll get to see lots of pictures of that wheelchair you had questions about.
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