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After double-parking to meet her handicapped son’s needs, mom receives a threatening “parking penalty” letter

As she saw the yellow ticket on her windshield, her eyes welled up with tears.

Tricia Proefrock, a mother from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, recently took her son Mason, 13, to Disney World nearby Orlando. They hadn’t been to the location before, so they were confident their stay there would be pleasurable. With Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which affects his vision, speech, and movement, Mason is a wheelchair user. He enjoys seeing the fairy-tale characters, and his mother, Tricia, is delighted to provide him with unforgettable experiences that they will both treasure forever.

As their time at Disney World drew to a close, they said their goodbyes and got in their car. There was a typed “Violation Ticket” on the windshield. Perhaps the snarky comment was made by someone who had no idea what these two were going through daily, unaware of the hurt they were doing.

To make things easier for Mason, Tricia had parked her car on top of the line, taking up two spaces in the process. Given that there were no unoccupied spaces with ramp access, she did so because the workers instructed her to, not because she wished to.

The mother told WOFL that when the parking lot’s ramp access side is crowded. The only available places lack a ramp. No matter how often I go, the cast members always tell me to park precisely on the white line and occupy two positions. It provides me with more room to get my son out of the car using a wheelchair.

Her eyes welled up with tears at the sight of the yellow ticket on her windshield. As if it were up to me, I’d offer you two tickets instead of just one.

You’re Bull Headed; careless, weak parking effort has occupied the space of a 20-mule team, two elephants, one goat, and an African safari of Pygmies.

In the future, think of someone else instead of yourself. That’s why I gave it to you now.” In addition, I dislike drivers that are bossy, arrogant, or simple-minded, and you probably fall into one of these categories.”

Those were very nasty comments to utter. To say nothing of the fact that Tricia was forced to park in that spot. After all, taking two places puts you at risk of being judged, and she was furious about it.

To spread awareness, she posted the letter on Facebook later that day. Instead of wishing us a broken transmission, she suggested, she said, “You might attempt to understand why a wheelchair-accessible van in a medical parking zone might need two places.”

Brenda A. Maples
Brenda A. Maples