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WESTMINSTER, Colo. – Naomi Barringer and her 10-year-old daughter thought they would simply run in to Target to buy a few things.

However, they were shocked when they came outside to find a note on their car.

Kaitlyn, 10, has a rare genetic disorder called hypophosphatasia that makes her bones weak and brittle.

When she was born, she already had 13 bone fractures and has suffered dozens more throughout her life.

“I am disabled and they may not know that and I can understand that because I do look normal, but I don’t think they have to do that,” she told KUSA.

When the mother and daughter got to their van, which was parked in a handicap parking spot with a handicap placard in the window, they found a little note on their windshield.

“I thought it was a flyer,” Naomi said.

It wasn’t a flyer for a business. Instead, it was an angry note.

A note shaming a mother and daughter was placed on their windshield

“It says, ‘Greetings. I observed you parking in this handicap parking place today. It appears that you are not really handicap. Perhaps just in a hurry or worse, just plain lazy,” the note read. “In case you don’t know, these spots are reserved for people who are truly handicapped and because of idiots like you, they have to park farther away or not be able to come here at all. Before you throw this away, know that I have called in your license plate number to the local police. Have a great day!”

“I was offended, I was hurt actually. I really didn’t know people thought of me like that,” Kaitlyn said.

Experts say that just because someone doesn’t look disabled doesn’t mean they don’t have a debilitating condition.

Kaitlyn says she hopes the same note doesn’t end up on someone else’s windshield.

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