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:
YOU’RE NOT DISABLED, YOU IDIOT!!! GET OUT OF THAT SPOT!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
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.