Reposted online from a post By Brennan Reh
CUSSETA, Ga. — A disabled veteran is outraged over a parking issue at a local grocery store in Cusseta. John McLemore has been a long time customer at Coleman’s Grocery until a few weeks ago when he was told not to come back on their property.
McLemore said a white car, with no handicap tags, was parked in the store’s only handicap spot. He said he confronted the lady and said, “I really appreciate you parking here.”
The owner of the car, Vanna Lynch, runs the grocery store for her father. Lynch told News Three, off camera, that McLemore never said anything to her directly. She said he went inside the store and yelled at her employees after she left.
“He drives up and there’s a car parked kind of halfway in the handicap, but not really. He drives up. I’m parked right here getting in my car to leave and he starts screaming stuff as he’s going in the door about me being in the handicap spot. I pull out and leave and then he continues to rant and rave,” Lynch said.
Lynch said she parked in the loading zone and not the handicap spot.
McLemore said the Sheriff showed up at his house the next day and told him that he and his family, including his service dogs, were no longer allowed on the property.
“I said well wait a minute. I didn’t do anything illegal and this woman parks into the handicap parking spot. I call her out on it, but I’m the one that’s in trouble here,” McLemore said.
McLemore said Lynch broke the law and needs to be accountable for her actions. He said he has contacted the Department of Justice to file a formal complaint and a lawyer.