A growing epidemic of disability has been uncovered after a survey of parking needs at shops and railway stations found that over 80 per cent of Britain's drivers cannot walk more than five yards to a cash machine or shop entrance.
'The number of openly able-bodied people is in decline and we are seeing the emergence of a new group, the 'hidden disabled',' said Dr Sarah McKendricks of Westminster University. 'These people refuse to let their disabilities blight their everyday lives, and are characterised by a fierce pride in their independence which can make them angry and even violent if anyone tries to help them.'
Researchers tried to talk to a number of these newly-disabled people, but they all drove off quickly saying they'd 'only been there for a minute'.
NewsBiscuit, 24th July 2009