An Australian mother has been left distraught after a cruel note was left on her car when she parked in a disabled carpark, despite her having a permit to do so.
Queensland local Shanell Beriman was with her daughter Hailee, who suffers a rare debilitating condition, and they parked at the Stockland Caloundra shopping mall in the Sunshine Coast for a quick shop.
The 13-year-old spends most days in a wheelchair and suffers from joint-hypermobility syndrome and gylcogen storage disease, according to The Daily Mail.
The condition affects her heart and liver, and is causing her muscles to weaken over time. She spends days at a time unable to get out of bed.
When the pair returned to the car, Ms Beriman found a note that read: "Why are you parking in a disabled carpark when both you and your daughter are perfectly capable of walking???? Wrong - shame on you for using the sticker ungraciously."
On her Facebook page, Ms Beriman said that disability permits are provided to people who need to be close to the main entrance.
"I'm sure there would not have been an issue today if I had of pulled out the wheelchair... but today my daughter was having a good day and therefore she did not use the wheelchair for our quick trip into Kmart," she said.
"I try to make her walk short distances where possible and when possible, though she does fatigue easily and quickly."
She said her daughter spent the rest of that afternoon in bed.
Ms Beriman shared the incident on Facebook to remind people not to be so quick to judge.
"She is extremely lucky to be alive. She is connected to a pump all night, every night that keeps her alive, and has done all of her life; of course you wouldn't have known this either," she said to the anonymous note-writer.
"I just hope from reading this, that you and others like you are not so quick to judge people in the future. You never know a person's story by looking at them."