Lexi Baskin is a University of Kentucky student who had a tumor removed from her brain stem.
Ever since, she’s had to undergo radiation treatments that drain her energy and cause dizziness. She gets the treatments on her lunch breaks, then heads back to class.
So, she parks in disabled parking spaces, which is her right. She has a legal disability parking placard.
Unfortunately, someone had apparently been watching her do this for a while, and didn’t believe Baskin to be sufficiently disabled to deserve the parking spot.
A vandal covered Baskin’s vehicle in printed signs. Some of them said “shame on you,” others read “not really handicapped, just lazy.”
This was no haphazard vandalism, either. The vandal took the time to write a letter and duct-tape it to Baskin’s windshield along with the other signs while Baskin was meeting with a professor in the library.
“There are legit handicapped people who need this parking space. We have seen you and your friend come and go and there is nothing handicapped about either of you. Your tag must be borrowed or fake. We will make every effort to see you fined or towed for being such a selfish, terrible person.”
Reminder that you have no idea what's going on in people's lives. I have cancer and radiation treatment. I'm legally allowed to park here pic.twitter.com/00pGG2MNZt
— Lexi Baskin (@lexa_baskin) October 26, 2017
Taking the high road
University police are now investigating the crime, but Baskin doesn’t want retaliation or vengeance. She just wants people to think twice before judging others, because you can’t see all the struggles someone might have.
“It kind of breaks my heart there are so many people that are being like, ‘Oh my gosh, I went through the same thing’ or like have messaged me on Facebook and said ‘I went through this’ and they share their story with me,” Baskin said to CBS News affiliate WKYT. “That’s why I want to get this out there to make people aware that just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean people aren’t going through it.”