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Acid thrown on disabled woman's SUV at Kmart in Florida

Posted at 8:36 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 09:43:37-05

BRANDON, Fla. -- A Florida woman says someone threw some type of acid on the side of her 2002 Ford Explorer that was parked outside a Kmart in Brandon. 

Glenda Banfield said she was in the store for about an hour when she came out to find the paint on her car bubbling. 

"My paint was down to the metal," she said, "I rubbed my hand down over it and it just came off in flakes."

Banfield was parked in a disabled parking space in the front row towards the entrance of the store. 

"I wish I would have just stayed home," said Banfield.

Banfield, who lives on disability, is on a fixed-income and took the car in for a repair estimate, "they said it would be at least $1,500." 

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The woman said she is struggling with health issues and said that type of repair is not in her budget. 

As a result of the vandalism, the Brandon woman posted a sign on the outside of her car that says '''Tis the season," and Merry Christmas. 

Banfield said she made a report with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday right after it happened. 

"All I can say is if they don't catch the guy, I hope he has a really horrible Christmas," she said.

Banfield said she rarely leaves her home, and she just wanted to get out of the house for a bit on Tuesday.

"This has really impacted me in a bad way," she said, "but I don't want to lose my faith in people."

The Kmart off Brandon Boulevard recently announced it will soon be closing. 

Banfield hopes someone may have either been a witness, or knows something about this crime and will call police immediately.