'People don't care': Heartbreaking photo leaves internet disgusted

Yahoo News Staff
·2-min read

A heartbreaking photo shared to Twitter perfectly illustrates how one's thoughtless actions can impact others.

A father posted a picture of his child, who is in a wheelchair, attempting to make his way down the footpath only to have his path blocked by several vans parked on the sidewalk. 

Judging by the photo it appears the vehicles have parked with one side on the footpath and the other on the road.

"Society for disabled people summed up in one picture, just not even thought of," Twitter user @Flakes1979, or Mick said.

A father shared a photo of how a vehicle parked on the footpath means his child won't be able to access it. Source: Twitter/@Flakes1979
A father shared a photo of how a vehicle parked on the footpath means his child won't be able to access it. Source: Twitter/@Flakes1979

According to his Twitter bio, Mick is a father of two "amazing" kids. The eldest has Spina Bifida.

The photo was shared on March 31 and has over 54,000 'likes' and 9,700 retweets.

Many people were also angered by the photo.

'People don't care', Twitter users say

"Yes, very inconsiderate when able bodied people park on pavements to save themselves that few extra steps," someone said in response to the photo.   

"Thereby forcing people in wheelchairs, parents/grandparents with prams into the road. Pavements are for people, roads are for vehicles."

Another person said incidents like this "happens too often", saying their daughter tried to get off the path the other day, but a car was parked across the kerb.

"People don't care," they said.

"Been there," another person said.

"It's the absolute pits when you're out on your own and have to try and get past that kind of parking. Of course you can cross the road but borrow a wheelchair for a day and try going out on your own."

Someone else said they use a powered wheelchair and they make sure they always have stickers that read "STOP parking like an IDIOT" on hand.

There seems to be a general lack of concern for wheelchair users.

Earlier this year, a woman shamed a driver who parked on the yellow-striped zone painted on the ground to indicate it is a shared space between two disabled spots — that space is used to help wheelchair users get into their vehicles.

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