Metro family outraged over nasty note questioning disability

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A metro family is outraged after finding an insulting note stuck to their car.

The note told them they shouldn’t be using a handicapped parking spot.

Dusty and Kionna Stribel walked out of a restaurant on Memorial Saturday afternoon to find the note stuck to the driver’s side window.

“It took me a minute to realize what it was, and then I was just kind of shocked,” said Kionna.

The note scribbled on a piece of yellow paper read: “Disabled?  No – just your big fat asses.”

“I was just angry because people don’t know, you know, they don’t know me,” said Dustry.

“For someone to say something like that, it just, yeah, it hurt,” said Kionna.

Dusty was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child, and was confined to a wheelchair two years ago.

His wife has to help him in and out of the vehicle, and he can’t walk.

Kionna snapped a picture of the note and posted it on Facebook and said the toughest part was explaining this to their 8-year-old daughter, Jaydin.

“She read it pretty quick before I had a chance to cover anything up and she, she didn’t understand.  She said mom, why would someone do that?  They don’t even know us,” said Kionna.

“Some people are hateful and they don’t know us and they just make assumptions,” said Dusty.  “I’m not in a wheelchair because I want to be.”

Kionna says her Facebook post has been shared hundreds of times.

She wants it to reach whoever wrote the note.

“I’d kind of like to explain to them that we aren’t just fat, lazy people that park in the  handicap because we’re too lazy to park three spots away,” said Kionna.

And she’s hoping to turn something ugly and hateful into an educational tool... to prevent this from happening to another family.

The director of the State of Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns says Oklahoma issues about 100,000 disability parking placards every year.

He says everyone who receives that placard has to turn in an application filled out by their physician.

And he says sometimes the reason someone needs that placard is not always visible to those who don’t know them.

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