Athletic woman with no legs bullied by strangers for parking in disabled spot

A woman with no legs says she’s constantly being criticised for parking in disabled spots.

People instantly judge 28-year-old Jessica Long and berate her in public.

The American Paralympic swimmer, who won gold at Rio in 2016, told Instagram: “I get two to four comments per week, just going about my normal routine and parking in handicap spaces.

“I’ve had people yell at me, leave notes on my windshield, knock on my car window, or wait for me to get out of my car just to tell me I can’t park there.

“My worst experience to date was an older couple that followed me around a grocery store and kept making comments because they wanted the handicap spot I took and said that I didn’t need it.

“I even explained I had two prosthetic legs and they told me I was a liar.”

Jessica also spoke about a recent bad experience in a TikTok that’s been viewed 4.4 million times.

She said: “This woman has the nerve to look me up and down disgusted that I parked in the handicapped spot.

“She just kind of rolled down her window and proceeded to be like ‘you shouldn’t park there’.

“Okay, I’m an amputee. I don’t have legs. That’s why I’m parked in the handicapped (space). That’s why I have the handicapped pass.”

Instead of apologising, the stranger sped off in her car.

Jessica shared her story to highlight the “bullying” disabled people have to deal with.

She also hopes it will encourage others to be kind.

The gold medalist added: “I was never bullied as a kid, and I didn’t know I was going to be bullied by adults because I park in handicapped.

“I get it – I’m young and athletic – but I’m also missing legs.

“To all the handicap police out there, just be kind.

“You don’t need to know why someone’s parked in handicapped.”

Jessica received plenty of support after sharing her story – and others revealed they’d been in similar positions too.

One commenter wrote: “That’s awful. You shouldn’t have to explain to anyone why you’re there.”

Another said: “This is why I’m terrified to use my pass even on horrible pain days because my injuries are ‘invisible’.”

And a third added: “This happens when I use my son’s handicap space when he is with me. It’s SO frustrating.”

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