A dad who parked in a parents' bay outside a Tesco Extra returned to find an abusive note on the windscreen accusing him of misusing the space – even though his wife and baby daughter were sitting in the car.
Gilly Patel, 37, stopped at Arena Shopping Park by the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday afternoon, while the rest of his family stayed in their BMW.
After he walked inside another motorist walked over to the car and placed a note on the front windscreen – not realising a woman and baby were sitting behind the anti-glare windows.
The note read: "Bit selfish parking in a family space when you [sic] on your own.
"If you walked a bit you would not be so FAT."
Mr Patel was angry when he returned and read the note and then confronted the culprit who was still lurking in the car park in his Land Rover.
"The note said it was selfish that I had parked in a parents' bay but my wife and child were sat in the back seat, which has windows that are difficult to see through from the outside," he told Coventry Live.
"My wife didn't know why he had put it there at first, she thought it might have been advertising.
"She was a bit concerned and had seen the man go back to his car.
"I was only in the store for five minutes shopping for gifts and things like that and he was still waiting in his car by the time I got back, so I went over to him and told him through his window that I had every right to use that parking space.
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"He wouldn't respond at first and he only apologised after security guards came over, even though they didn't get involved.
"He saw my wife get out of the car and tapped me on the shoulder as if to say sorry, totally ignoring social distancing. I was furious."
He believed the note-writer had been waiting to see how he reacted when he got back to his car and read the rude note.
Mr Patel: "He must have felt a right idiot. I was totally shocked someone could take the time to write a note like that in the first place with everything else going on the world, let alone without getting their facts right.
"It's left me feeling that it might have been racially motivated.
"People should think twice before they start making baseless accusations against others."
Daily Star Online has approached Tesco for comment.
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