The day started to wind down just like any other magical day at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. But for Tricia Proefrock and her 13 year old son, Mason, their magical experience would take a sharp and unexpected turn.
Tricia and Mason were looking to pack up for the day from a stroll in the park and came out to their vehicle which was parked in the medical parking section of Magic Kingdom’s parking lot. This is because Mason needs a a chair to be wheeled out for him from their vehicle to visit the parks. Mason’s condition, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, affects his ability to walk and talk making a wheelchair essential to get around. Other severe cases can alter a person’s vision, and can also be accompanied by frequent seizures.
When Tricia arrived at the Magic Kingdom to begin their day, she set out to find a spot that would allow for ramp access and be able to get Mason’s chair out easily. Since there were no spots available, she has been instructed by cast members several trips over that she is perfectly fine parking between two spaces to allow the access that they need to get Mason in and out of their vehicle. According to her interview with Fox 35 News, Tricia said this of her past experiences, “When the side of the lot with ramp accesses are full, the only remaining spots have no ramp access,” she explained. “Every single time out of dozens of trips, the cast members instruct me to take two spots, by parking directly on the white line. This gives me room to wheel my son out of the vehicle.”
But when she arrived back at their vehicle, she was shocked by the gem of a note another guest had left on her windshield. The note, which reads as a “Parking Violation” outlined why the guest felt the need to ‘ticket’ them and that the owner that parked this vehicle should ‘
Fox News 35 posted a picture of the note and an excerpt of the text as seen below:
“This is not a ticket, but if it were within my power, you would receive two. Because of your bull-headed, inconsiderate, feeble attempt at parking, you have taken enough room for a 20 mule team, 2 elephants, 1 goat, and a safari of pygmies from the African interior. The reason for giving you this is so that in the future you may think of someone else other than yourself. Besides I don’t like domineering, egotistical or simple-minded drivers and you probably fit into one of these categories.”
The note then goes on to insult the “voilating” guest on further and even wishes them car failure on their journey out from the parking lot and the hope that they catch fleas.
When Tricia was asked what her thoughts were on the note she offered this wise advice up and took the high road:
“So, if you see a car taking two spots, maybe instead of wishing us a broken transmission, you can try to think about WHY a wheelchair accessible van in a medical parking section might need 2 spots.” (Fox 35 News)