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Shopping during the holidays is no cup of tea, even under the best of circumstances.

The parking lots are full, the lines are long, and chances are that everyone shopping has about a million other things they should be doing in addition to braving the stores at the mall.

So when one mom went to Target during the holidays, she just wanted to make the trip as painless and efficient as possible.

It's a situation we've all been in. Just keep your head down, get what you need, then get out. Almost like a recon mission at a retailer.

However, she would quickly find that her routine, if not crowded, shopping run would become anything but as she returned to her car.

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She did nothing wrong, but that didn't stop interlopers from jumping in at the "appearance" of a bad act.

The issue came down to the touchiest of subjects — handicap parking.

You know how righteous people can be about those who violate the handicap parking rules, and with good reason. But what about when they get preachy and write a note WITHOUT a good reason?

Well, you're about to find out.

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Christmas shopping got even more painful when a mom and her kid were faced with the judgment of others in the most passive-aggressive way possible. Prepare to be miffed!

Colleen Stice recently took her 4-year-old son Rowan to Target during the busy holiday season, which can be stressful enough as it is.

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But what she wasn't expecting was to come out of the store to find a rude note a complete stranger had left on her car, one that left her stunned.

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"We watched you pull into the handicap spot and get out carrying a toddler. You have no right to park in a handicap! It is for handicap people! Shame on you!" it read.

Understandably upset, Colleen took to Facebook to write a public response to the rude stranger — and to remind people that what you see isn't always what you get.

The post has been shared thousands of times, with more than 600 people sharing their own stories and lending support.

It's a good reminder to never jump to conclusions, because you never know what's going on behind the scenes. And in the words of Stice, "Just be kind."