Parking in the Handicap Spots

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    Sep 02, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
    OK. This is venting/rant thread.

    I have always tried to be very respectful of the handicap spots. Right now, I am getting a better glimpse of how important they are for people who need them.

    So yesterday I went to my local Hastings to rent movies. We were trying to park in a handicap spot and this lady in ma big van parks not in the handicap spot, but the lane next to it that has the vertical yellow lines - which is for extra room to get in and out of a vehicle.

    What a bitch.

    Then at Wal-Mart today, every handicap spot was full. Several of the cars had not tags.

    There is a part of me that wants to start reporting these people.

    Do you ever park in the handicap spot?

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  • AMoonHawk

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    Sep 02, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    Only when I take my mother to the store and use her handicap sticker ... she's old and has a tough time walking ... I've never taken a handicap place because I was too lazy to walk though ... that is just wrong
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    Sep 02, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    Ugh, that sucks. And no, I never park in the handicapped spot. My Mil has one and I see with her how helpful they are. I've never seen a situation in Denver where there wasn't a handicapped spot available. People seem respectful up there.

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    Sep 02, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
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    I see the opposite problem here.....a gazillion handicap spots and not a car in any of them. It's to the point where there are obviously too many of them here. Why should everyone else have to park at the other end of the parking lot when there are all those empty spots by the front door? If they're being used, that's one thing, but that's not normally the case here.
  • tazzari

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    Sep 02, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    I always expected better of myself, and thought people who are too lazy to walk the extra bit probably should walk the extra bit. Now that I'm handicapped I still don't use them, because there are people more handicapped than I am, and older. But I've sure learned what a good idea they are.

    Let the air out of the tires on fat slobs too lazy to find another place?

    (Ditto the giant SUV's that park in two places... )
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    Sep 02, 2013 7:23 PM GMT
    Ohh.. That's nothing. Here in LA, parking is so bad and expensive, people "acquire" handicap placards and use them as a parking pass. They either get a note from their doctor, or borrow one from an elderly relative.

    It's like see you a person drive up and park in a handicap spot. When they get out, they don't look disabled in anyway.
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    Sep 02, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    No. In fact, I usually park at the back of the lot. It takes me less time to walk from the back than it takes people driving around and around trying to find the closest spot.

    But there are some small business around here that are hit pretty hard by the regulations. More than half their lots are taken up by required handicap spots that are never used.
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    Sep 02, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    Don't get me started. I go nuts when someone parks in the handicap spot just because they've got a sticker. People at the gym repeatedly park in the handicap spot and then go running on the treadmill. The selfishness of it is mind boggling.
    A few people who were waiting in a handicap spot have told me, "Oh I'd move my car if a handicap person needed the spot."
    Exactly how is this supposed to happen? How are they supposed to know they don't belong there?
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    Sep 02, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    I don't know a lot of them have special plates now or keep the placard on them because they've been stolen from the vehicle.
    Working at a hospital it's nearly comical the amount of them and the fights people get in over them.
    Should have seen the fight at Sam's Club a couple weeks ago over a motorized chair/cart--can't walk but can sure swing a purse.
    I'll admit I will take one if I'm just running in for a second and there are plenty open; Like at the post office here where every spot is marked.
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    Sep 02, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    I do agree that sometimes there are too many spots that don't get used. I think there needs to be some better logic on that front.
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    Sep 02, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
    So, take their photo, clearly showing license plate, and post it online.
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    Sep 02, 2013 8:02 PM GMT


    I was once eligible for a placard but didn't know it because I was incorrectly advised that one needed to be on the title of the vehicle with the sticker. So handicap parking spots were pretty much on my radar during the period I was on social security disability and limped from an unrelated torn foot ligament.

    I joined a gym for rehab and one time lurching painfully through its parking lot I saw a car screech with a placard screech into the handicapped spot right in front and a squad of five guys pile out to walk the two steps to the entrance to join their basketball league - they all played, and in case the additional significance is lost on anyone pickup games require a lot more dexterity than lifting weights or using a treadmill.

    I also remember noticing at a Home Depot how each and every one of the dozen plus handicapped parking spots were occupied by cars with stickers but there was not one person walking the long, concrete-paved indoor aisles that looked remotely in need of one.

    Yes, not every disability is obvious or involves an inability to walk but I think we can all pretty much agree that most of the drivers involved were borrowing the cars and/or placards as perks.

    The most egregious thing that ever happened to me involving a handicap parking spot occurred after grocery shopping the one time I didn't gimp my cart back to the supermarket entrance from the lot. Because I was really hurting and the cart collector was coming towards me I left it next to my car in one of four empty handicapped spots. But he was so enamored of my dogs in the car he didn't pick up the cart, leaving it for his next pass even though he passed within a foot of it and I asked him to please take it. Immediately afterwards a driver in a huge pickup truck, not even handicapped since afterwards he parked in a regular spot but was probably related to someone who was, pulled into the 4 empty spots and started screaming at me for leaving my cart there. When I told him what happened and I was disabled, to put it nicely let's just say he said it was immaterial.

    You can't please everybody.
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    Sep 02, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    I make sure that I always park away from the handicap spaces. That gives them plenty of room to do what they need to do.

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    Sep 02, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
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    Does this happen:

    I park way the fuck out, call it Jenny Craig parking, no one around, more exercise and less dings--win, win.

    However, almost always, always, come back to find my truck surrounded.
    Hubby thinks I'm crazy, so I've started taking before and after shots with my phone.
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    Sep 02, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
    Only when I'm driving my parents in their car and we go to out to a restaurant or store. Dad is 84, uses a walker, and can't walk far. Mom is 78 and also uses a walker on occasion. She can't walk far either.

    This is what the handicap spots are for. Those of us who are able bodied should consider how much pain and suffering we bring to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled if we park in a spot reserved for those who really need it.

    Karma might choose to be not just a bitch, but an all out cunt and give a person a painful debilitating disease or a horrific accident which leaves them truly eligible for the handicap spot which has been coveted and stolen.

    "You wanted it, you got it. Love, Karma"
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    Sep 02, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidI make sure that I always park away from the handicap spaces. That gives them plenty of room to do what they need to do.
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    Same here. I grew up with an Aunt who was disabled by polio, so this issue was always a sore spot, a pet peeve for me. The biggest violators of this are usually the ones at 7-11 "just running in for a minute" for coffee and cigarettes. A cop could make his whole quota just at 7-11 parking lots.
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    Sep 02, 2013 8:53 PM GMT
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    Does this happen:

    I park way the fuck out, call it Jenny Craig parking, no one around, more exercise and less dings--win, win.

    However, almost always, always, come back to find my truck surrounded.
    Hubby thinks I'm crazy, so I've started taking before and after shots with my phone.
    It's not just you. You're surrounded by other people that don't want to get their car dinged. Or others that don't want to be bothered by all the lazy soccer moms on the prowl for the closest parking spot.
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    Sep 02, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    gta5iscomingin15days said
    i see what you're saying BUT at the same time, you really park all the way on the other end of the parking lot though? i'm all for exercising but your legs don't hurt from all that walking? you still gotta drive all the way home and a dead leg is useless behind a gas and brake pedal.


    Ha
    Yeah I really do, like so far out you might think the vehicle is abandon; usually a sweat on my neck in the 104 heat from the trek out then back with the cart.
    --and, I refuse to turn the AC on.
    Yet, I have no idea why he wont go shopping with me.

    **xrichx
    I'd considered that, but there are plenty of spaces around me--move over left a few or right, but no.
    I actually asked a lady once. She got all offended and had no idea what i was talking about.
    it's as if people don't want there cars to get lonely.
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    Sep 02, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    dustin_K_tx said
    I'd considered that, but there are plenty of spaces around me--move over left a few or right, but no.
    I actually asked a lady once. She got all offended and had no idea what i was talking about.
    it's as if people don't want there cars to get lonely.
    LOL. Well, another thing to consider is that you have a nice car, some people will park next/close to you just to be a dick. Even if there are plenty of other spots around.
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    Sep 02, 2013 9:41 PM GMT
    xrichx saidOhh.. That's nothing. Here in LA, parking is so bad and expensive, people "acquire" handicap placards and use them as a parking pass. They either get a note from their doctor, or borrow one from an elderly relative.

    It's like see you a person drive up and park in a handicap spot. When they get out, they don't look disabled in anyway.
    I've borrowed a handicap sticker from a friend to park on South Beach because of the high parking prices.
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    Sep 02, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    dustin_K_tx saidok
    on or off topic

    Does this happen:

    I park way the fuck out, call it Jenny Craig parking, no one around, more exercise and less dings--win, win.

    However, almost always, always, come back to find my truck surrounded.
    Hubby thinks I'm crazy, so I've started taking before and after shots with my phone.
    It's not just you. You're surrounded by other people that don't want to get their car dinged. Or others that don't want to be bothered by all the lazy soccer moms on the prowl for the closest parking spot.

    On or off topic

    Often when I get to a regular spot close to the stores first, an irate minivan driver yells out her window "But I have a baby!" My two stock answers are "But I have cancer - I win!" or "Omg, did it stop breathing?" The former elicits no sympathy or shame, the latter only fury.

    Part of the problem is that even at my most disabled and infirm I look 90% better than the able-bodied. It has its disadvantages.
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    Sep 02, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    TheQuest saidThen at Wal-Mart today, every handicap spot was full. Several of the cars had not tags.

    Do you ever park in the handicap spot?



    I never park in handicap spots. It isn't cool to deprive those in need, and I like parking out as far as possible to keep my doors from being banged, and to get a bit more exercise.

    There is a verbose, occasionally vicious braggart who drones on and on here on RJ about so many topics, and he says he has a handicap sticker. He also says he goes cycling long distances. The big know-it-all claims he's overweight and unattractive, so I guess he thinks he deserves a handicap sticker. Isn't it odd that an obese know-it-all is an expert on everything except losing weight?

    EDIT: This same clown has made 5 appearances later in this thread blathering on and on and on and on. Why not just lose weight and STFU? Then - admit you only have a handicap sticker because you're fat. Lose the weight and give back the sticker so someone truly in need can use it.

    More importantly: Avoid Walmart! There are more humane places to shop and save money.
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    Sep 02, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    When you live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, all you got is Wal-Mart. Unfortunately.

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    Sep 02, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    For a $250-$350 fine??.. Eeeh not worth it.
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    Sep 02, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    Anocxu saidFor a $250-$350 fine??.. Eeeh not worth it.

    ha
    it's $500 in Austin