A woman returned from a shopping trip to find a note on her car calling her a “blue badge conman” and a fraud – despite living with a rare form of multiple sclerosis for 27 years.
The 51-year-old, who asked not to be named, parked her car in a disabled parking bay on London Street, Southport, on Monday.
The woman, from Ormskirk, left her blue parking badge on display in her vehicle and went shopping.
At around 6.15pm when she returned, she discovered that a note reading: “Blue badge conman. Fraud,” had been left under her window wiper, written on paper from Ladbrokes.
Speaking of the incident, she said: “Obviously this person lost at Ladbrokes the bookies and decided to upset someone else on their way home.
“I’m am totally disgusted with this note, having been disabled for the past 27 years.”
She described the “hurtful” note as a hate-crime, and said she has reported the incident to the police.
The woman lives with bronchiectasis, a primary immunodeficiency disease and a rare form of multiple sclerosis which means she has difficulty walking at times.
She added: “This is a classic example of complete ignorance of hidden disabilities.
“I refuse to be made to feel like I should be made to wear a huge neon sign telling the world about my various medical conditions and justify why I am entitled to park there in a disabled bay.
“The blue badge says I am entitled, an entitlement I might add that requires me to go through countless rigorous checks to be awarded one.”
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “The incident is reported to have happened on 26th Feb between 3pm and 6.15pm. The victim has returned to her car and found the note which she has since reported to police.
“She is quite rightly upset by the situation and Merseyside Police are investigating this as a hate crime incident.
“Officers are currently analysing CCTV around the scene and carrying out further enquiries to identify who left the note.
“No arrests have been made.”
The woman said that she was left feeling intimidated and vulnerable when she leaves her house.
She added: “If I am a fraud, why was I sat in tears staring at the note? Quite frankly, I’d love to be a fraud right now.
“You should never judge a book by its cover, not all disabilities can always be seen.”
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