A disabled woman parked in a handicapped spot outside a store returned to her car to find scratches on the hood and a note reading: “You are not disabled pig.”
Stacie Friend, 43, was parked outside a Walmart in Tullytown, Pennsylvania in the US with her handicapped placard displayed in her car when she went inside the store with her daughter.
“I felt kind of violated,” Ms Friend told US news outlet NBC10 after she returned to find the nasty note.
Ms Friend, who may appear able-bodied, is battling Parkinson’s disease.
She had already undergone surgery and will be undergoing a second brain surgery next month.
The image of the offensive letter was originally posted to Facebook by her partner Jeff Paolella, who wrote: “To the person that left this lovely note, who are you to declare someone disabled or not?
“Is it because you saw her walk into Walmart and she did not have a walker or a wheelchair? Is it because she was not disfigured in any way?”
The post was shared more than 7000 times, with many people commenting on their own invisible disabilities.
“I have a placard and my disability you can’t see,” one person wrote.
“People are just ignorant.”
“I have a handicap placard because I have stage 4 Metastatic Breast cancer which has spread to my liver and bones,” another person wrote.
“I can relate because I’m fine when I first walk in the store, but after walking for a while my bones ache and my hip hurts and I get shortness of breath.
Police in Tullytown are currently investigating the incident and are reviewing security footage because the culprit allegedly committed vandalism by scratching the hood of the car.