Get Out of that Spot!

Here’s a Pet Peeve of mine, one that I noticed a lot during this recent Christmas Shopping forays: people who park in the handicapped spots who don’t need them.  And I’m not talking about the ubiquitous teenagers with the “I can do what I want” attitude, or the ridiculously obese who can’t walk beyond the range of their car doors.  I’m talking about the caregivers.  The ones who shuttle the disabled to the Wal-mart or the grocery store, drop them off at the front door, attach the handicapped placard to their rear-view mirror, and park in a handicapped spot.  And then sit there.  In the driver’s seat, listening to the radio.  While their disabled charge does his shopping.

Really?  You need to take up a handicapped spot?  You’re not disabled!  I want to have a Sam Kinison moment right about then.  Right there in the parking lot, knock on their window and yell:


Why do people do this?  I’ve dropped off plenty of people – even handicapped ones – and never even thought of using the handicapped spot, unless Steve was with me.  And even though he has the handicapped placard, and every right to use it, we rarely use those spots.  We’ve always been of the opinion that those are for folks that can’t walk.  We did use it when he first got out of the hospital, and, well, couldn’t walk.

But to drop off your charge, and use his placard… or even to drop off your ‘able bodied’ person and then use your own placard… to take up a spot, while you just sit there?  That’s got to be against the law, doesn’t it?  I mean, you are just sitting there!!  People need those spots!  Go sit in a regular spot and watch for your charge.  That’s what you’re doing anyway… you could do it from the back of the lot.

Thank you.  I feel much better now.

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12 Responses to Get Out of that Spot!

  1. SKL says:

    My recent pet peeve along these lines is the parents who park in the handicapped spots to drop off / pick up their kids at daycare. None of them are handicapped. And I don’t see how any of these people think they have any greater need or right to park “as close as possible” than anyone else at the daycare. Don’t we all have little kids (some more than one) to bring through the rain/snow/ice/slush?

    Personally, no matter how tempting it is sometimes, I could not bring myself to park in a handicapped spot. Now that I have kids who are old enough to be cognizant of these things, I can imagine it even less. What in the world are some parents thinking?

  2. mssc54 says:

    This too is one of my greatest pet peeves!

    In the mid 70s I shattered my ankle and both the bones in my right leg. I was in a cast, wheelchair and crutches for over 13 months! I now am 40% disabled (according to the VA doctors) and have one of those placards. I rarely use it.

    A couple of weeks a go I was out and saw a sports car parked in a handicapped space without and placard or license plate signifying they were legally parked. They did have HOME LAND SECURITY markings on the car though.

    I took my placard and hung it from the mirrow and parked directly behind the guy blocking him in. When I came out the store he had a lady watching him trying to back out of the space without hitting me or another car. When I got to my truck he started cursing me out. I countered with you shouldn’t have parked illegally in a handicapped space. He pointed to the lady with him and said that she is disabled. I said you should have had your car properly marked. Then he had the nerve to counter with the ol “I’m with Home Land Security do you think I would lie?” ROFL

  3. Karen Joy says:

    I have a handicap placard due to hip problems.Had one replaced and in need of the other one replaced.Its been about 11/2 years Ive had it,I dont always use it but I sure did after surgery and now only on bad days.Boy,have I ever become aware of all the inconsiderate people that live in our world.Once in a parking lot ,as I was getting in my car I watched a lady in a HUGE truck park in a handicap spot..correction..TWO spots!I couldnt believe it.I couldnt hold myself back..I had to say something.As she got out I asked if she was handicapped,she just starred at me like I was an alien.I asked her again,sheepish NO was her answer.I had more words for her and in the end she moved it.Ive become very sensetive to the needs of others who REALLY need that parking spot(more than me too)Leave it open for them..good grief,so many unthinking and selfish people.

  4. Laura says:

    One of the things that really cheeses me is that we, too, have the placard, but rarely use it. And inevitably, the spot I left open because someone worse off than us was out there? That spot is filled by some jerk who fakes a limp, and the little old lady with the placard STILL has to walk from the back of the lot.

  5. Gary says:

    I really dislike people that do that as well Laura. When I was in my 20’s, I actually went over to the car and gave them a piece of my mind when I saw someone do that a few times.

  6. Nikki says:

    This drives me nuts too. People do this at the school…oh no it’s SO cold I can’t walk an extra 50 feet! Meanwhile the ones that needs it…are forced to walk, if they can!
    Some people think it’s okay, for them! I swear the size of peoples heads amazes me! I have to walk that extra 50 feet…what makes you any more incapable of walking than me!? Nothing…besides the size of your head may be causing you to fall over!

  7. Tessa says:

    So true! I would knock on their window and say “excuse me! someone who IS disabled needs this spot or may need it!!” I grew up w/ my grandma who had a handicap sign and I think my bro used it wrongly before, but I could never do that thinking there is someone who may need the spot. And I don’t think my grandma needed it either-the exercise would have been good for her when she was okay!! She had heart attacks and shortness of breath due to that, so at times…but come on, exercise people 🙂 And have respect for those around ya! Like Nikki said, people just think of themselves sometimes.

  8. Joy says:

    I really can’t stand it when people do this either. I’ve had several people I knew who’ve gotten those passes and I never used them. I think Tessa hit the nail on the head when she said most of these people need the exercise. I know for a fact they give out those things way to easy. They should be for people who really need them. If they have such a hard time walking around, why are they going shopping??

    Another thing that really bugs me and I know it’s kind of changing the subject but I noticed it the other night when it was 23 BELOW zero when I went to Target. They have the first 6 parking spots in all the rows near the store either “handicapped” or “expectant mothers” parking. Can you even believe that? Expectant mothers need to park close to the door? Why? The walk into the store won’t hurt anyone. We have become such a lazy society. One more thing that chaps my hide is that now Walmart has changed the way they do the parking lots. It used to be the spots were all “pull in” spots. Now at most of our stores they are like parallel parking spots and half the rows are taken up with these handicapped spots. By the time you have your cart returns and now these parallel spots, you may as well park in in the furthest part of the parking lot. All of the rows nearest the store, half of them are taken up. I wonder what genius thought of that.

  9. Sue says:

    Joy said what I was going to say. If these people that are being dropped off handicaped, why are they going into the store alone??? If they can’t walk the extra 20-50 feet, then they shouldn’t be walking around ANYWHERE alone.

    I would never park in a handicap spot either. It’s just wrong. I do think the expectant mother parking is RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!! Those are the people that should be walking!

  10. SKL says:

    Well, I think I’ll keep quiet about the expectant mother parking spots since I’ve never been 9.5 months pregnant, or in danger of being put on bedrest. But I will say that it doesn’t bother me. If you need it, use it. If you don’t, don’t.

    I personally welcome the opportunity for a walk through the parking lot, most of the time. If the weather is horrible and I have 2 tots in tow, then that might be a different story. But personally, I think even the non-reserved spots closest to the store should be left empty by the everyday, able-bodied people. An elderly, ill, injured, or heavily-laden person shouldn’t have to have a placard to get a little compassion.

    So for another of my pet peeves – able-bodied friends of mine who will drive around and around the parking lot looking for the closest available (non-handicapped) spot – even in normal weather. Why? Move your butt a little. It’ll do you good.

    • Joy says:

      I know SKL. I know people who will spend 20 minutes circling the lot and by the time they park, they could be on the way out of the store. I don’t get that.

  11. javajunkee says:

    I am peeved that it’s so flippin easy to get one of those. What do you have to do to earn one? Cuz dammit I am entitled to one too..I have a mental disorder…(you know OCD)…ok..well what if I go all rainman shit there in the walmart parking lot because I have to walk 10 feet further.? I’m.just.sayin.

    but seriously I see so many of those damn hangers on cars and it’s like watch somebody who is using one that walks faster than I do SPRINT in and bebop around the store and yet needs that spot right up front? NO! There should be a law and a fine for parking there if you are not the one who earned the golden ticket in the first place.

    I know my MIL who does tote around my crippled FIL will lend her car to my healthy SIL’s to run to the store for her and they have no problem taking the handicapped spots…lazy ass bitches. I’ve seen them do it and I’ve heard them brag about it. 1 ticket might cure that attitude.

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh now you’ve hit a sore spot with me cuz this infuriates me!

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