A Pennsylvania mother was left distraught after finding her car vandalized for parking in a disabled spot, despite having a terminally ill, handicapped son.
Nancy Coyne went to the King of Prussia Mall with her two children to pay a visit to Santa Claus, WTXF reported.
"The mall is great. The Santa is wonderful," Nancy told WTXF. "He sits down and really talks to the children."
But what was supposed to be a trip filled with warm memories quickly went sour when Nancy returned to her vehicle and realized it had been vandalized.
The mother of two found a message written in red lipstick on the window of her car, which read, "Ur Not Handicap."
"I can't believe someone could be so obnoxious and ignorant and rude about a situation that I struggle with daily," Nancy told the news station.
Nancy's 7-year-old son Garrett was diagnosed with Batten disease. His condition is terminal, and he has started losing his vision and motor skills.
"There is no cure. There is no treatment," Nancy said of the deadly disease. "Trying to make memories for my family then this happened."
What made the vandal's act more puzzling is that the family's car was parked in the handicapped space with a legal disabled parking placard on display.
"It just made me really question society to be honest," Nancy said. "Like OK, I guess people don't understand. People don't care."
"I just want the person to realize what they did was wrong and to learn from it and not to it again," added Joe Coyne, Nancy's husband.
The couple said their anger has turned into pity for whoever vandalized their car.
A King of Prussia Mall spokesperson confirmed it is cooperating with local authorities to help investigate the incident.
Nancy and Joe started a website to help their son and other families who are coping with Batten disease. They described Garrett's illness in detail.
"Garrett has been recently diagnosed with NCL (CLN1-infantile) or Batten Disease," the couple wrote on the website's description. "It is a rare, genetic, fatal neurological disease. Within the next days, months and years Garrett will regress and will lose his vision, speech, movement, cognitive abilities and have his life taken too early."
"This disease will steal Garrett's body and mind but for us lucky enough to know Garrett we will always know who he is," the couple continued. "If you see Garrett please recognize him and let him share some of the magic we receive daily."