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Everyone Thought This Photo Was Hilarious, The Woman In It Didn’t

The woman falling off the scooter in the now-famous picture is named Jennifer Knapp Wilkinson. It’s been nearly four years since a photo of Wilkinson falling off of a motorized scooter in the aisle of a Walmart became a viral meme that was splashed all over the internet.

"It is never just harmless fun to laugh at someone," Wilkinson commented. She also remarked that she first saw the pic when her sister came across the photo online and inquired if it was her.

Wilkinson, a resident of Missouri, has been diagnosed with a debilitating spinal condition and also suffers from obesity, anxiety, ADHD and PTSD.

"The worst thing about this photo is that people think a fat woman tipped over a cart because she was too lazy to get out of the cart to get the case of soda," she noted in a recent interview.

Her condition is called Spondylolisthesis.

"In spondylolisthesis, one of the bones in your spine — called a vertebra — slips forward and out of place. This may occur anywhere along the spine, but is most common in the lower back (lumbar spine)," she explained. “In my case, the longer I stand, the more numb and weak my leg become. I have been known to fall because of this condition."

Wilkinson said she was at a "very low point" in terms of her mental health when the picture of her falling off the scooter was snapped.

"I took a cart because I was grocery shopping for my family. I went to get a case of soda for my husband (He drinks this stuff by the gallons) and I turn and tried to [grab] a case off the shelf and the cart tipped," she commented in the interview. "I thought I saw a flash of light and heard some young girls giggling. I thought nothing of it cause I am [used] to hearing people make fun of me or saying snide remarks. It was nothing new."

The image of her sprawled on the ground next to the topped over scooter quickly became an internet meme, and was copied and pasted onto thousands of social media feed and websites.

Wilkinson continued: "I have also seen this photo attached to stories that aren't even true about this situation. The only thing I am glad about is it did not capture my face."

The mother of two says she is coming forward now to educate others that it is hurtful to laugh at those with disabilities, and doing so is not funny in the slightest to those actually living with the disabilities.

Source: MailOnline
Photo: MailOnline

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