A woman with a form of asthma so severe it could be triggered by laughing returned to her car to find a note calling her a ‘selfish c**t’ for parking in a disabled bay.
Fiona Scullard, 36, qualifies for a blue badge and carries a card that details recent episodes including one where she collapsed on the hard shoulder of a motorway but was so unwell she couldn’t call 999.
In just 12 months she was admitted to A&E six times and most visits to casualty require treatment in intensive care.
So she was left angry when she returned to her car, where she keeps life-saving medicine, at Sainsbury’s in Dawlish, Devon, to find the note.
It said: ‘You are not disabled. Park elsewhere and leave these spaces for those that are you SELFISH C**T. I’ve noted your reg and told Sainsbury’s.’
Fiona believes she knows the person who left the note because a man in a wheelchair scowled at her as he went past.
She said: ‘I was in Sainsbury’s for 15 to 20 minutes and that’s what greeted me when I came back to my car.
‘It has really got to me. It is not right that non-visible disabilities are discriminated against.
‘To be called that word is just awful. I need a disabled bay because if I laugh the wrong way, or if there is a lot of dust, it can affect my breathing and I may have an attack.
‘I need to be close to the entrance, my emergency equipment is in the car and I wouldn’t find it possible to get to the car if I was having an attack and it was not nearby.’
She said that she has previously received ‘glares’ from people who don’t think she’s disabled, but this is the first time she’s actually found a note left on her car.
In just 12 months she has been to A&E six times and most times that she has ended up in casualty she has been taken to RESUS.
She said: ‘Let me tell you something – I may not look disabled and I may be able to walk.. But see that blue badge there? That’s mine.. Yes! I AM DISABLED and I’m entitled to park in disabled spaces just as much as anyone with a wheelchair.
‘I have a life debilitating illness such as brittle asthma, I cannot walk very far without needing my inhaler, sometimes a nebulizer to save my life. This is why I have a blue badge, I don’t take the piss and I’m certainly NOT A SELFISH C**T’
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She added: ‘Not all disabilities are seen! Remember that!’
She told Devon Live: ‘What got me the most was the fact they didn’t go up and ask about the badge or whether it is my disability it is for.
‘I would have had a chat with them about my condition. You don’t see many cases like this, every time I go to hospital it is in intensive care. It is not a walk in the park this condition, people die from this.’