This week, a video went viral showing a Toronto woman throwing coffee at a man who confronted her for wrongfully parking in a handicap spot. Was he right in doing this? Or was he too aggressive?
This brings up several questions: should we be taking a cop’s role and confront these people? Even if they have a pass, what if they’re using an old one (they are valid for at least 5 years even if the disability lasts for a shorter time)?
Who are we to know whether this person has an invisible disability or not? This is the issue that Amber Gillett has.
Amber Gillett has Osteogenesis imperfecta, known as brittle bone disease, which makes her bones break easily and difficult for her to walk long distances (she has used a wheelchair, cane in the past, depending how she feels).
Since this condition is not visible to the eye, she has been subject to public shaming about it, even though she has a parking permit attached to her visor. She recalls having a heavy duty sticker plastered on her car with “Stupidity is not a disability. Park elsewhere”.