A Paralympic swimmer, who is a bilateral amputee, said she was ‘bullied for parking in a disabled spot’.
Jessica Long, from Maryland, US, went viral on TikTok after explaining how she was shamed by a woman who had no idea she wears prosthetic legs.
In the clip, she explained: “So, it just happened again. I was parking my car – and I hope she sees this – this woman just 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’. I was just like, ‘Okay, I’m an amputee, I don’t have legs’.”
The 28-year-old went on to say that this happens to her quite often and how she finds it mindboggling, as she was never bullied by a child.
Long explained: “I was never bullied as a kid and I didn’t know that I was going to be bullied by adults because I park in a handicap spot.
“And I get it. I’m young, I’m athletic, but I’m also missing legs! And I know I make it look easy, but it’s still really hard. My legs are heavy, they hurt me. I’m in pain.”
The athlete finished the video by encouraging her followers to ‘just be kind,’ commenting: “You don’t need to know why someone is parked in handicapped.”
@jessicatatianalongTo the handicap police… be kind! ?? ##amputeelife ##fyp♬ orijinal ses – Tik Toker
Since sharing her story on TikTok, Long’s post has accumulated over 4.5million views and thousands have taken to the comments to share their thoughts.
One viewer said: “Adults can be more a bully than kids can be.”
Another added: “It costs $0 to mind their own business.”
“I am so sorry people do that to you! People need to mind their own business,” a third commented.
A fourth weighed in, writing: “Kindness is free. Too bad most people don’t use it.”
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