Woman Left Fuming After Being Stereotyped For Parking In Disabled Spot
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A legally disabled TikTok user has called out those who criticise her for parking in disabled spaces because she does not 'look disabled'.
Rhiannon, who posts on TikTok using the username @daddyrhi, shared her thoughts on the app after she had an awkward interaction with someone who believed she was misusing the disabled parking spaces.
Watch Rhiannon's video below:
"I am legally disabled and as much as old people would like to square up with me about it I'm legally disabled," she said at the start of the video.
She holds up her disabled parking badge to the camera and notes that it is 'really hard to get'.
She adds: "Basically it entitles me to park in a disabled parking [space] which I will do. So I park in my disabled parking, I put in my little thing and I get out my car. Tell me why this old mother f***er comes up to me and thinks it is their business to go 'you don't look disabled.'"
In another clip, Rhiannon said: "I'm about to make you legally disabled in a minute. I can tell you that much. I'm sorry, do you want me to cut off my f***ing legs so that I look disabled enough for you? Like, let me get out the car bent over, limping so that I can fit your idea of disabled. Shut the f**k up."
After viewing the video, people took to the comments section to ask Rhiannon to explain her disability. She clarified that she has fibromyalgia which is a chronic pain condition.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but it is thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain. This affects the way the central nervous system processes pain messages.
It is estimated that there are between 1.5-2 million people in the UK with fibromyalgia. Symptoms of fibromyalgia can include increased sensitivity to pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and headaches, according to the NHS.
Celebrities including Lady Gaga and Morgan Freeman suffer from fibromyalgia.
Other users in the comments resonated with Rhiannon's story and shared their own similar experiences. "I have a sticker on the back of my car that says 'invisible disabilities are still disabilities for those c***s, it happens CONSTANTLY."
Another commenter shared: "I really can feel it I had the same thing happen to me in multiple places. My disability doesn't show because I had multiple [surgeries]."
While a third person said: "It shocks me, how many people get discriminated because they don't fit the disabled stereotype!"