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(This is a true story. The names were changed to protect the innocent.)⠀

Funny but true… It’s a cold winter day. I am wearing jeans. (This is an important detail later in the story.) I’m rushing to my car to get out of the wind. All of a sudden, I hear a woman — let’s just call her ‘Karen’ — yelling at me.

I’m friendly! I assume she’s just going to say she thinks I’m brave or inspirational. But NOOOOO! She is yelling at me because I’m parked in the handicapped parking spot.

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I figure, oh well, and just get in my car. She continues to irately yell at me. I try to calm her down by telling her, ‘It’s OK. I really am handicapped!’ But NOOOO, she will not accept that. She starts saying words like ‘report’ and ‘police’ and ‘you should be ashamed.’

So what’s a girl to do? I calmly take off my leg and stick it out the window. Well, OK then…now it’s just awkward! She starts grumbling, ‘Fine, fine, fine. Whatever.’⠀

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Here’s the deal, for all of you guys who are handicapped parking vigilantes, I’m sure you mean well. But, it’s kind of like asking a woman if she’s pregnant… YOU BETTER BE DAMN SURE.”

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