A man has pleaded with people to stop questioning others’ disabilities after he was confronted in a car park and challenged to prove he had the right to be in a disabled bay.
TikTok user @Pnuks uploaded a video that quickly went viral after he says a woman approached him in his car during a visit to McDonald’s to see proof the blue badge on the dashboard belonged to him.
In a passionate speech, he says: “I have a disability card because I have a fake leg, right? Disabled. Makes sense.
“Obviously you can’t see my disability if I’m in a car. So please tell me why this old lady thought it would be a great idea to approach me and knock on my window and demand to know if this is mine or not.
“It’s not your business if we have this card [the blue parking badge], it’s not your business. You are not the disability police.
“Even if someone doesn’t look old or doesn’t ‘look disabled enough’, if they have this you shut your mouth and walk away.
“That’s all, you’ve got nothing, because the last thing you want to do is approach someone you think doesn’t look disabled and they walk out of the car and you realise, holy c***, he’s got a leg missing, he must be disabled. You look stupid, you look like a clown.
“I hate people that do this, don’t do that.”
He then confronts the woman who had challenged him, saying: “Let’s go see her face when she finds out I’ve got one leg.”
The driver asks her: “Is it because I ‘don’t look disabled’? Is it because I ‘don’t look old’ that you want to approach me? There’s a reason why we have the card, so this doesn’t happen. Don’t ever do that again.”
The videos, thought to have been filmed in Australia, have racked up more than 1.5 million views and thousands of comments as others shared their own similar experiences.
One said: “THANK YOU. I am disabled and I don’t look it and I’m so terrified of anyone telling me, so I don’t use any ‘perks’.”
A second wrote: “Thank you for sticking up for yourself. I have invisible disabilities and am tired of the stigma.”