Woman’s surprising response to a nasty letter left on her windscreen accusing her of wrongly parking in a disabled space
- Geraldine Mockler, 60, found note asking ‘what is your disability?’ on her car
- She invited whoever wrote it to see the machine inside her she needs to walk
- Has previously complained about people calling the police on her at least once
- Another time a fellow shopper followed her inside to abuse her for using spot
A woman who needs a machine inside her body to walk has invited the writer of a note accusing her of stealing a disabled parking bay to see it in person.
Geraldine Mockler, 60, said she returned to her car on Tuesday to find a note on her car reading ‘what is your disability? took a photo of you and car’.
The consultant from Mosman, Sydney, said she was regularly harassed for parking in disabled bays because her handicap wasn’t obviously visible to others.
‘I would have been more than happy to show you my disability and the machine I have inside me that ensures I can walk,’ she wrote online.
‘These kinds of notes can have a profound impact on the recipients mental health. Please consider this before you anonymously walk away.’
Geraldine Mockler, 60, said she returned to her car on Tuesday to find this note on her car reading ‘what is your disability? took a photo of you and car’
Ms Mockler has shared similar experiences, including one time when someone called the police.
‘Today highlighted again the ignorance of faceless people who have no idea what the term disabled means,’ she wrote in 2013.
‘I think the police have better things to do than check out whether i am entitled to have a disabled parking badge.’
On another occasion in 2018 she revealed a fellow shopper even abused her in person because they thought disabled people couldn’t drive her car.
‘I have been followed from a car park into a shopping centre by someone hurling abuse that I couldn’t be disabled because of the car I drive,’ she wrote.
However, Ms Mockler agrees with militantly protecting disabled parking spots for people with diagnosed disabilities.
She wrote in the same 2018 post that she complained that all the bays at Bridgepoint Shopping Centre in Sydney’s northern suburbs were full of cars without disability stickers.
Ms Mockler said she was regularly harassed for parking in disabled bays because her handicap wasn’t obviously visible to others
Ms Mockler received plenty of support when she shared Tuesday’s experience in a local Facebook group
‘Disabled parking spaces do not change their purpose because it is dark, or because it’s raining, or because it’s the weekend, or your child has footy in a few minutes,’ she wrote.
‘The number of people who say “I am only going to be a couple of minutes” when you ask them to move.
‘Having a disability is difficult enough – having to ask people to move out of a designated disabled parking spot just makes live more difficult.’
Ms Mockler received plenty of support when she shared Tuesday’s experience in a local Facebook group, including from a woman with the same struggle.
‘If anyone saw me they would not think i had a disability. I was issued a disability sticker because I have cancer and it can be quite debilitating,’ she wrote.
‘I have been questioned many times. I explain my situation and generally people leave you alone.
‘I have had a few instances where they have kept at me. I show them my scar which goes from between my boobs all the way to the bottom of my pelvic bone.’