By Dani Carlson
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/CNN) - A Michigan man found himself on the receiving end of some hurtful, anonymous words after he parked in a handicapped spot. But what that person didn't know was that he's been using a wheelchair for nearly two decades.
"As I come back out to my car, there was this letter that was shoved into the door handle of my car," said Matt Milstead.
Never expecting the misplaced anger he was about to read, 36-year-old Matt read the venom.
"I would love to see your wheelchair" the scrawling handwriting said. Going on to accuse him of being an able bodied professional taking advantage of a situation.
"I was kind of puzzled why he would leave this note. He'd never met me, didn't know if I was in a wheelchair or not. But, you know, he just assumed that I was someone who just tried to steal a close and convenient spot," said Matt. "I was just, I don't even get mad easily, but I was just instantly furious. It's kind of ironic. The guy was kind of trying to right a wrong. He assumed some jerk had parked in a handicapped spot that shouldn't be. So he was really trying, he probably felt like a good person, like he was doing a good thing. But the problem is he was wrong."
So Matt's wife, Leslie, wrote back to the anonymous person on her own Facebook page, saying she's sure her husband would be glad to trade his BMW and handicapped parking pass for working legs and hands for the rest of his life. A trade she doubts the anonymous writer would make.
"I didn't think everyone was going to see it, but I did just because it was like, it felt like, I just kind of felt helpless like I can't go back and say, 'Hey look here is his wheelchair. Now what do you want to say?'" said Leslie.
"I never expected it to get to this level. I just, I kind of looked at it like oh it'll just be another, it'll happen again. But, if I changed someone's way of thinking, you know, then it was worth it," said Matt.