Royal Mail has apologised to a dad after a foul-mouthed postman called his disabled two-year-old daughter a SPASTIC in a shocking road rage attack.
James Beresford, 35, was with his daughter Sophie, who suffers from cerebral palsy and a heart defect, when he tried to park his car in a disabled bay.
But a red Royal Mail van beat him to it and parked in the disabled space outside a post office.
Mr Beresford confronted the postman but claims he launched a tirade of abuse at him before driving away laughing.
He claims the postman told him to “f*** off and man up” before filming him and his daughter on his mobile phone.
Mr Beresford, of Malvern, Worcs., said: “I very clearly and loudly asked him why he was filming a very young disabled child.
“I think this took him by surprise as he stopped filming Sophie and me directly.
“Then I pointed out the elderly person who had a blue badge also wanting to park behind to have him just laugh at me and tell me I should go away and get a job.
“At that point I told him that Sophie’s mum is a stay at home carer for Sophie and that I have a full time job, only to get the response ‘well f*** off to work then and stop b****ing at me over a spastic’s parking space’.
“At this point I put Sophie in the car and he drove off laughing at me.
“Is this the world we live in now?”
Mr Beresford had driven to Malvern Link Post Office on December 10 with Sophie when he was beaten to a disabled space by the postie.
He said he challenged the postman, was in his early 20s, who launched a tirade against
“I pointed out that he had parked in a disabled spot and he just said ‘I don’t give a sh*t’ and he started swearing at me.
“I don’t give a sh*t, this is sp***** parking for your sp***** daughter.
“I couldn’t believe he was saying such horrible things. For me, the language constitutes a hate crime.”
Mr Beresford, who works at a children’s soft play, drove to the Royal Mail depot to speak to a manager but claims he was threatened.
He said: “”I made a comment as the gentleman was getting in the van in the depot, that was: ‘What are you going to do, are you going to run me and my daughter over?’
“He turned around and went: ‘I’m happy to run you over’.
“I felt very threatened at that point so I, for my safety and my daughter’s safety, had to leave.”
Sophie has cerebral palsy quadriplegia and suffered from Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF) when she was born.
Mr Beresford has contacted West Mercia Police which is investigating the incident.
Royal Mail have also launched a probe into the postman, and apologised to Mr Beresford and his daughter.
A Royal Mail spokesman said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear what happened to Mr Beresford and his daughter and we have launched an urgent investigation into the matter.
“We sincerely apologise to Mr Beresford and his daughter for the upset this incident has caused them and we will keep Mr Beresford updated on our investigation.”