I can’t help. but notice that in my part of Missouri (yes I live in MO.) That people aren’t handicapped seem to take up the handicapped parking places. Which, is a very inconsiderate thing to do. What if someone who was, I don’t know handy caped needed that spot, but couldn’t park there because you were already? Wow! What a concept!
I’m not saying that this is true everywhere. However, I have noticed this at the college where I go, and at the place where I had my graduation on Friday. Among other places in and around the places were I live and visit.
What do I mean? I’m not saying that they don’t look handicapped. I’m saying that they don’t have a handicapped sticker in their car, or a license plate. I guess you could have a placard too, but they don’t even have that.
On Friday my uncle encountered such a person. He was waiting for me to get done with graduation practice. Here is what happened.
Person: *pulls up into the parking lot. Parks sideways instead of straight* Uncle watches her get out of the car. Uncle: “Are you handicapped?” Person: (it’s a girl) “No!” Uncle: “Don’t you think you need to move your car then? So that someone who is can park there.” Girl: “I just don’t think that’s necessary.” Uncle: *takes out iphone* ” It’s like this. You have two choices. 1: I’ll call the cops. They’ll make you move your car, and you’ll get fined. 2: move your car. So either move the car, or I’m calling.” *holds out phone* Lady: “Fine!” *stomps foot* *goes back to move her car*
I have no respect for her. Because of how she acted. I mean, it’s not like he asked her to go to Mars, and bring back proof that she was there All he asked her to do was move her car. A task that should have been simple. She did no how to drive, right?
I just thought I’d point out the rules. You can check the ADA (Americans with disabilities act) for everything you need to know. If I’m wrong; please say so.
My uncle was right. If you park in a handicap spot in the state of Missouri, and you have nothing that shows you’re handicapped. Or you’re not handicapped. You can have your car towed, and you can be fined. I’m not sure how much, but I’d rather just move the car. Wouldn’t you?
I can also think of another incident that happened at the college where I attended until graduation. This was between my dad, and another lady. I must say that my dad handled it better than I would have.
I wanted to rip her throat out, and maybe beat her with my cane. Then, demand to know who was handicapped now. I didn’t because that would have resulted in a broken cane. Since I have no funds to replace it (white canes are actually really expensive) I elected not to follow up on what I wanted to do. Anyway, moving on with this crazy train *clears throat* article.
The basic incident happened like this. The lady saw my dad parking, and as soon as he got out. She started accusing him of not being handicapped. 1: He had me with him. Under the ADA blind people are considered handicapped, so that point was mute. 2: He was handicapped. Just because my dad isn’t in a wheelchair doesn’t mean he isn’t handicapped. Why do most people assume that in order to be handy capped one must be in a wheelchair? Hmmm! Must be the sign they use on the stickers and such.
Anyway, long story short. She argued with him about it, and I somehow managed to stand there doing nothing. While inside I was calling her every name I could think of. That if I’d said them aloud the words would’ve probably shocked my father. I guess she thought she was the campus police. News flash! She wasn’t. Telling us we couldn’t park there. In a handicap parking place. *grumbles*
I’m writing this, not to bring about shame, and embarrassment. Though, if it does that’s grate. Maybe you’ll remember that the next time you decide to park in a handicap spot when you’re not handicapped, or don’t have a handicapped person with you. If you do this thing, please ask yourself if getting your vehicle towed, and a probably expensive fine is worth it. For being just a few feet closer to the entrance, and not having to walk so far. I don’t think so. Save the handicapped parking places for those of us who really need them. The handicapped.
I wrote this, so that I can hopefully educate more people on the rules of the handy cap parking. When I googled it (I didn’t do it by state) I just found the rules for parking lots. The number of handy capped spots per number of spaces in a parking lot. Helpful if you’re making a parking lot. Not so much if you’re just a driver.
I know this isn’t Wednesday (Question day), but what is your experience with handy cap parking? Are you handy capped? Do you know someone who is? Has anyone ever yelled at you for taking one of those spots? Please share!
Thanks for reading!