Bonnie Rayner copped a note saying she wasn?t disabled enough to use a park.
Bonnie Rayner copped a note saying she wasn?t disabled enough to use a park.

Bonnie baffled by nasty note

By MIKARLA THURECHT ? BONNIE Rayner wants to ask the per- son who left a nasty note on her car just who they believe should be entitled to use a disability park.

The Parkhurst sin- gle mother of four has a clearly dis- played Queensland Transport permit al- lowing her to use public disability parks bays.

She has problems with her right foot following a major car accident which also crushed three of her vertebrae.

Bonnie, 35, was never ex- pected to walk again. She battled against the odds to free herself from her wheel- chair and now, three years af- ter the accident, her foot swells in "excruciating pain''

if she walks more than 100m. So, you can imagine Bon- nie's surprise when she re- turned to her car last Thurs- day after shopping to find a note claiming she was not dis- abled enough to use the park and had abused the permit.

"Think of other people that could have had the park be- cause you forgot to bring a dis- abled person with you,'' the anonymous author wrote.

Bonnie had been parked in a disabled bay at City Centre Plaza when her daughter found the note.

"Where do you draw the line in the sand? They (permits) aren't handed out willy nilly. "Some people with mental disorders have parking per- mits and they're not even limping,'' Bonnie said.

"I'm sorry if it offends some people, but I don't want to be in pain.''

But it's not the first time Bonnie has been a target. She has regularly been yelled at by people who believe she's rort- ing the system.

"I'm not going to stop park- ing in disability parks. If you have a permit you're entitled to use it. It's the reason they're given.



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