We live in a time when people seem to judge each other, and the Internet has given them a platform to do it without restraint. Although we have all been given the advice not to ‘judge a book by its cover’, it seems as if some people just weren’t listening when it was said.
One such individual judged a woman by the name of Shellie Chandar when they saw her car parked in the handicap spot recently. When she came back to her car, she found that someone had taken dog feces and smeared it on her car window.
Chandar is no stranger to getting ‘the love’ when she parks in the handicap spot. After all, when you first look at her, you might not even realize she has a disability. The San Diego realtor deals with crippling pain, however, because of her multiple sclerosis (MS), and walking can be difficult.
According to the Mayo Clinic, MS is a chronic condition that affects the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Over time, the disease causes damage that can affect the entire body leading to a loss of vision, severe pain, numbness, weakness, dizziness, tremors, and fatigue.
Not only did the unidentified vandal smear dog poop on her car, but he also spit on it and dented it.
“I was with client too when it happened so although I wanted to cry,” she wrote on Facebook. “I did what I do best and laughed it off.”
What is even worse is that her disability placard was clearly visible in her window when her car was vandalized.
She told a local news company that she had been to the hospital to visit her mother that day so she was already under a considerable amount of stress. The chronic symptoms associated with MS are easily aggravated by stress.
She referred to the vandalism as being “really violent, and so cruel and so crude.’ She also gave us a good reminder that disabilities are not always easy to spot.
“I just felt like I needed to do it in hopes that the person that did it would actually see the video and feel kind of ‘poopy’ themselves.”
“Just consider the fact that disabilities aren’t always visible,” she added, “and that they don’t realize what it took for me that day to just get up and go meet clients and go around for the day.”
The police have not been contacted about the vandalism but she hopes that the individual or individuals responsible will see the post and have a change of heart.
“I don’t know what happened to them that day that made them so very angry with me.”