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Did you forget your wheelchair?

A lady with multiple sclerosis parked in a disabled bay only to come back and find a note on her windscreen suggesting she was using the space fraudulently.

Proving quite a talking point, the story of a lady with MS who parked in a disabled bay only to come back and find an angry note on her windscreen suggesting she was using the space fraudulently has been doing the rounds on social media.

The note read, rather accusingly ‘Did you forget your wheelchair???’ Upset by the note, Justine Van Den Borne took a photo of it and shared it on Facebook with a lengthy explanation of how she feels abused by those who don’t know her or her situation judging her for using the disabled facilities she is entitled to.

And it seems it has sparked quite the debate. Hundreds of thousands of ‘likes’ later, the post has prompted comments across all communities.

Largely, Justine’s sentiment is shared by most of those who responded – many of whom face similar struggles with what they call an ‘invisible illness’ too. However, some people feel that on the occasions that she may be having what she describes as a ‘good day’, in which she’s able to walk to and from her car, that perhaps the space should indeed have been reserved for someone obliged to use a wheelchair.

Do you receive disability benefits and ever feel discriminated against for doing so? Do you make a point of not parking in disabled bays on the days you do feel stronger? If you’ve ever experienced anything similar to Justine, or have an opinion on what happened to her, then let us know by leaving a comment below.