A Colorado man who lost his leg after a lengthy battle with cancer found an accusing note on his car after he parked in the handicapped spot outside of a Wal-Mart.
Ethan Schlemer works for Wal-Mart as a pharmacy technician and has a disability placard in order to park closer to work. The note left on his car questioned his disability status and threatened to expose him on social media, according to KDVR.
“Saw you park in a handicapped spot and go into Walmart,” the note reads. “Handicapped my a** f*******. Took a photo of your car + license plate. Look 4 it on facebook.”
Schlemer, however, didn’t let the note’s message get to him and “laughed really hard” after reading it.
“I was shocked but at the same time I took it as a compliment because if someone can’t tell I’m missing a leg I must be doing something right,” he told KDVR.
If you didn’t already know that Schlemer used a prosthetic, it could be difficult to guess he has a disability at all. His leg was amputated above the knee after a two-year battle with cancer. Since then, he has worked hard to get to the same level of activity he had before the cancer. He commonly rock climbs, and goes on long hikes and walks.
However, he isn’t completely back to where he once was. “Definitely some days I’m limping more than others,” he said.
The day the note was left on his car he reported he was having a good day and to a stranger, it probably looked like he was completely normal.
“Maybe some people would question why I park [in the handicapped space], but to me, I never know when I’m going to take a wrong step or hurt myself and I’ll be thankful when I do that I did park that close,” Schlemer said.
According to CNET News Australia, in 2015, an Australian woman who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis parked in a handicapped space and returned to a similar cruel note that read: “Did you forget your wheelchair?”
“A disability doesn’t always mean a person has to be wheelchair-bound but lucky for you I one day will be,” the woman responded in a Facebook post.
Schlemer wants his incident to be a lesson for others to not judge a book by its cover .
“I just wanted people to realize that when they do something like that they might not know the whole story behind what’s going on,” Schlemer said to KDVR.
Sources: KDVR, CNET News Australia / Photo credit: KDVR via Daily Mail