How do you feel about people who park in the handicap parking illegally?

@jmcafam (2891)
United States
December 6, 2006 6:14pm CST
Have you ever noticed someone getting in or out of a parking spot and look not to be disabled?Does it annoy you that people are taking up spots for the disabled?
14 responses
• United States
10 Dec 06
That really bothers. Me especially when they have a handicap tag in the window but the only person in the car is far from being handicapped. Most likely they borrowed a handicapped person's car or tag just to be able to park close. I hate that. My father in law was handicapped. But when my husband and I borrowed his car we never took advantage of his handicapped tag in the window. We always parked legally for ourselves. And I got really bugged last year about this: at our Wal-mart (and many other stores) there are parking places next to the handicapped ones reserved for pregnancy women or women with newborn babies. I only got to park in one of those spots once during my whole pregnancy. At first I wouldn't use them. I didn't feel I needed special parking just because I was a few months pregnant but once I got really big and was almost due I could have used a close spot. My hips were dislocating and I was in a lot of pain. But every time I went to the store those spots were taken. No big deal. I just parked at the end and walked (even with the pain). I assumed that pregnant person got there first and deserved it just as much as I did. But then one day I saw a person getting into the car in that spot. She was alone and was in her mid 40s. She was not pregnant, nor did she have a pregnant woman with her. She didn't have any baby stuff with her (no carseat in the car) and no baby that I could see. She got in her SUV and drove off (so it wasn't like she was going to the door to pick up a pregnant woman). She just parked there because it was close to the door. I was so angry at her for thinking she was so important she deserved special treatment when some pregnant woman could have used to spot. I will never understand people like that.
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Me either, I don't understand why people just can't walk when they are not disabled.Instead they take up the spots that others really do need.
• United States
18 Dec 06
Because people are lazy. I ranted about it once on my blog. They are right--people in the US are just freaking lazy. They will drive around for 20 minutes looking for a spot up close to the door instead of parking in the back and taking 5 minutes to walk. I can understand doing that if you are elderly, injured, 8-9 months pregnant or it is freezing and you have small children but the rest of the population--they are just lazy and rude. We park at the end even when we have the kids with us and it is cold. Sometimes my husband would let me and the youngest out close to the door then park and walk with the older kids. When I am alone I always park at the end. I don't mind walking. It sucks when it is really hot or cold but you get over it. I would never dream of sitting in the lane, blocking traffic, waiting for someone to move. I hate that.
@vikceo (1301)
• India
15 Dec 06
that really depends on the situation. suppose there is a handicap parking and no one is really parking there then it is not at all bad to use the empty space
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
15 Dec 06
Yes it is bad because a handy capped person could come allong while you are in the store and they have topark along way from the front door and may be in pain to have to walk very far. SO STAY OUT OF THE HANDYCAPPED SPOTS. If you fill it up a handycapped person can't use it. You make me angry
• United States
10 Dec 06
I don't mind if someone is legit. But when people that don't need the spot I hate that. It takes away from people that need it. Sometimes parking somewhere else isn't hard. But when it's raining, windy, or snowing and you are in a wheelchair a closer space really matters. Plus there is more room in handicapped spots to get a wheelchair out.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
15 Dec 06
It happen way too often. It seems outside my local wollies we have serial offenders. The police know of this but can't do anything because it is private property. Another pet hate is the teens who dilerbately park in pram parking spots. I have 7 kids and quite often have to push the pram all the way from the bottom of the car park
@LoganzMom (619)
• United States
7 Dec 06
handicapped parking sign - reserved
i do think its terribly rude when perfectly able bodied people are just lazy. however, somebody doesn't have to LOOK disabled to be disabled. i for starters look perfectly normal on the outside but have a chronic illness and i have handicapped parking. i am often frustrated when i do get stares because i dont LOOK disabled. so thats something to consider...
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I completly understand your view.
@Desdemona (1305)
• Canada
7 Dec 06
Evil thing to do. Geez, some days I just wanna make them disabled to show them what it is like to walk a far distance.
@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Very evil.I mean there are only so many stalls to park that are for the disabled.
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
18 Dec 06
It would annoy me to know that people are parking in a handicapped parking spot when they are not handicapped. I've learned however, that you cannot always tell whether or not they are handicapped just by looking at them. Just because they are not in a wheelchair doesn't always mean that they are not handicapped, so we have to keep that in mind before judging them.
@kristi73 (257)
• United States
18 Dec 06
It really pisses me off, I think it just goes to show how rude and inconsiderate they are of other people.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I have a friend who got a handicapped sticker because her mother was very ill. That was fine. However, since her mother passed away 5 years ago, my friend still keeps using her handicapped status. I thought that it would run out after awhile or something, but it hasn't. No one else in her family is the least bit handicapped, and it upsets me to think of someone who is handicapped having to walk farther because she's taking their space.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
16 Dec 06
Handycapped - handycapped
I am handycapped. I have Rhumatoid Arthertice. I don't uuse a cane nor do I need a wheel chair. once in a while I would like to use the moterized carts but they are always busy. I must admit that when I see a very large person using them all I find my self resenting it brecause as it seems their are the way they are from choice. I know better but when I don't feel good theresentment is there. Some days it's hard to walk wery far. I don't use the handycapped parking unless I need to. My granddaughter sometimes drives me to the store. some times I forget to put my placard in the window. There are never enough handycappped parking places at stores like wal-mart.
@remaster74 (4065)
• Greece
15 Dec 06
There are also people that look just fine but they are really disabled. If you look around in these discussions you will find the discussion that a fellow member posted, saying that suffers from serious diseases and the doctor discribed a paasage for the handicapped. But the fellow is 30 years old an walking. Handicapped are not only the ones in the wheelchair.
• United States
15 Dec 06
it makes me mad. it really does. my mom has diabetic neuropathy and has a hard time walking and it annoys me that there are times where we cant get a parking spot closer for her because some jerk who is not handicapped parked in a handicapped spot.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
10 Dec 06
first of all be sure they are parking illegally and it is not just because you cant see a wheelchair that you jump to your own conclusion, many disabilities are hidden
@cutycuty (35)
• Malaysia
10 Dec 06
i will sratch the ppl vehicle....damn barren and brainless....tis type ppl was so selfish and a moron!!!!
• United States
8 Dec 06
I hate when people do that. We have a tag for someone disabled in my family. However, if he isn't with us we do not park in the handicap spots. We are fully capable of walking when others are not.