In This Mall, Holograms Of Disabled People Appear If You Try To Park In Their Space

  • metta

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    Sep 26, 2015 2:24 AM GMT
    In This Mall, Holograms Of Disabled People Appear If You Try To Park In Their Space

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    Sep 26, 2015 3:00 AM GMT
    I'm not sure this could work in the US, where most (all?) States optionally offer license plates (tags) with a handicapped icon, in lieu of an inside mirror hanger. Nor do some States have a front license plate, for instance Florida, just a rear plate. Rendering this detection system inoperable.

    Nor would this solve another problem we have that I see in Florida all the time. Non-disabled people use the handicapped mirror hanger of a relative or friend. The fine is actually greater for that, $1250 versus $250 for merely parking a non-handicapped-marked car in a handicapped space.

    But it's almost never enforced. How can you know it's not the assigned permit? And a police officer would have to be right there and become suspicious enough to check.

    Because your driver's license or State ID card number is printed right on the mirror hanger, or you're given a card to carry if you have a metal license plate bearing a handicapped icon.
  • Tawrich

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    Sep 26, 2015 3:27 AM GMT
    This is Russia we're talking about. People will just ignore the holograms.
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    Sep 26, 2015 7:20 PM GMT
    I think holograms are cool. Couldn't this backfire?
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    Sep 26, 2015 7:35 PM GMT
    Oh, sure. Holograms of animals being slaughtered above the meat dept. Grossly obese people holograms by the Mallomars...
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    Sep 26, 2015 7:42 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidGrossly obese people holograms by the Mallomars...

    I wasn't aware Malomars are illegal if you haven't got a doctor-certified permit and issued a blue tag, subject to a fine.
  • Apparition

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    Oct 01, 2015 11:07 PM GMT
    based on the first car reaction, with him panic stopping and the likelyhood of a crash because of the holgram, probably not a good idea. fun though.
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    Oct 02, 2015 2:49 PM GMT
    That's nice...realizing it's a total waste of money, would be nice!
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    Oct 02, 2015 6:10 PM GMT
    Imagine how well that technology would've worked at The Berlin Wall.
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    Oct 02, 2015 6:38 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidJust tow the cars and charge the assholes $250 to get their cars back for illegally parking in a handicap zone. Why stupidly go through the trouble of creating all this glitzy hologram hoopla when towing fees and tickets generate so much revenue?

    That law isn't well enforced in Florida. Police aren't everywhere. And even if you phone the Police Department, they treat it as a low priority matter. By the time the cruiser finally arrives the offending car is likely gone.
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    Oct 03, 2015 4:12 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Art_Deco said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidJust tow the cars and charge the assholes $250 to get their cars back for illegally parking in a handicap zone. Why stupidly go through the trouble of creating all this glitzy hologram hoopla when towing fees and tickets generate so much revenue?

    That law isn't well enforced in Florida. Police aren't everywhere. And even if you phone the Police Department, they treat it as a low priority matter. By the time the cruiser finally arrives the offending car is likely gone.

    I don't see how that's the case. In Chicago, the corrupt shithole that it is, the police always seem to magically appear to write up parking tickets. There are actually small van like trucks, that are a division of the city ordinance, that specifically say on the back "Department of Revenue" where these cars crawl up and down streets checking to see if people's licenses and city stickers are up to date.

    You can't go down a Chicago block without seeing a ticket on at least one person's car. There's just so much money to be made!

    This is not Chicago. Nor is neighboring Fort Lauderdale. The police and parking enforcement are not that specialized & dedicated.

    My husband & I got attacked one night by muggers and fought them off. Over 30 minutes later there was no response to my 911 call. I finally called them back and said forget it, the perps were too long gone.

    Fire & EMT are much more responsive. We've got a station very near us. They're here within 5 minutes. But police, forget it. You can violate any handicapped parking space here, and I've never seen a ticket for it, much less a tow.
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    Oct 03, 2015 4:36 AM GMT
    If this is such an enormous problem, why do I always see tons of handicap parking spaces vacant? And I do mean always.
  • metta

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    Oct 03, 2015 4:51 AM GMT
    There are many places where it can be difficult to find a handicap space, especially during peak times.
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    Oct 03, 2015 9:48 PM GMT
    metta saidThere are many places where it can be difficult to find a handicap space, especially during peak times.



    Like where? Every store here has about 20 of these damn things and the only people I see using them are people who walk just as well as I do. And they're always right at the front door so everyone else has to walk further.
  • metta

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    Oct 04, 2015 1:08 AM GMT
    ^
    In Southern California, I have seen it happen often, in shopping centers, malls, downtown shopping districts, hospitals, medical office buildings, etc.
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    Oct 04, 2015 2:15 AM GMT
    metta saidThere are many places where it can be difficult to find a handicap space, especially during peak times.

    Same here. It obviously depends on the demographic. Florida is Retirement Central, and handicapped parking spaces are snapped up first.

    I'm not sure how the disabled parking space requirements are determined, if it's per Federal ADA formula, or how much latitude the States have. But businesses never seem to provide enough, just what appears to be the bare minimum to satisfy the law.

    We consider finding an open handicapped space down here akin to winning the lottery. Which is why I'm kinda sensitive to people who have no permit, or who are young kids who don't look the least bit disabled. Likely using granny's borrowed permit. And that goes on a lot, given the generally difficult parking for everyone we have here.
  • metta

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    Oct 04, 2015 4:12 AM GMT
    I think in California, a doctor has to contact the DMV. Or maybe they do it with a prescription. I'm not sure. I know a doctor needs to approve it though.