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(WRKO.com)   Police in Boston discover misuse of handicap parking permits. It seems that not all of the 283,266 people with handicap placards are handicapped   (hosted.ap.org) divider line 148
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2007-08-14 05:55:44 AM
I find it amusing how a handicap person needs to park right near the front door of Wal-Mart so they can go inside and walk about two miles around the store.
I think there should be levels of handicap-ness(?) for the ability to have the parking spots. From my own observations, it seems that at least 75% of those displaying the placards are perfectly able.
 
2007-08-14 07:44:43 AM
Well in all fairness it is a mental handicap to be a sox or pats fan.
 
Cog
2007-08-14 08:04:01 AM
So you're handicapped and want the world to treat you like everyone else? Except when it comes to parking.


/most placards are given to fatasses who need the exercise.
 
2007-08-14 08:25:34 AM
I look around here and it's almost all early-20s black men in hoopties. Just because the killer or the buddha makes you walk funny does NOT make you disabled.

/heard rumor they "borrow" them from disabled relatives
 
2007-08-14 08:36:43 AM
I wonder how many people got their permits due to mental anguish after seeing airplanes take off from Logan Airport on September 11th?
 
2007-08-14 08:46:04 AM
Burn_The_Plows: I wonder how many people got their permits due to mental anguish after seeing airplanes take off from Logan Airport on September 11th?

i23.photobucket.com
 
2007-08-14 08:51:38 AM
YEAH

Like the old biatch who lives across the street from me.

That old bag has a special handicapped spot right in front of my house.

But yet, she's not handicapped. She's just an old coffin-dodger who complains to me if I put the trash too near her car.

In the summer, I see her washing her car with a spray bottle. In the winter, she goes out with a broom and scraper to remove every snowflake on the vehicle.

Does she sound handicapped to you?
 
2007-08-14 09:02:51 AM
LaChanz: From my own observations, it seems that at least 75% of those displaying the placards are perfectly able.

Looks can be deceiving. My mother is handicapped and has been for almost 20 years. She lost her right leg below the knee due to a staph infection & osteomyelytis. For a time, though, with the help of a prosthetic and 6 months of PT, she was able to walk with only a slight limp, and no cane, for relatively short distances 7 periods of time, perhaps just long enough to drop into a store for a few minutes. Longer distances required a cane and later a wheelchair.

However, as she was only 50 when she lost the leg, she looked to be fairly healthy. Therefore, people assumed she was abusing the handicapped placard. She lost track of the number of times she was stared down by a-holes who didn't think she was handicapped enough. It got to the point where it just became too frustrating to go to some stores because busy bodies who thought they knew everything decided to be judge and jury. It was bad enough her freedom to move about was reduced due to her health. But some just felt like that they had to make her feel worse.

Since then I don't judge on appearance alone. If someone has a placard, I assume they need it. To those who feel they can decide otherwise, on behalf of all those who are harassed like my mother was, I give you a big fark you.

/Heaven forbid if my brother, sister or I had go to the handicapped spot where she parked and move the car for our mother because some dolt illegally parked so close to her car that she couldn't maneuver into it
 
2007-08-14 09:20:20 AM
Since I can't park there anyway, and I'm not handicapped, and I've never known anyone who ever needed a gimp spot and couldn't find it... I don't farking care.
 
2007-08-14 09:43:36 AM
Seriously, why do people in eastern Mass. drive noticably worse than everyone around them? I mean there are bad drivers everywhere but Boston must have a world renowned for bad driving. They do it all really well/badly.

Haven't been back to Boston in a yeah. Is Howwie Cah, still a faht balding bahstad?
 
2007-08-14 09:57:16 AM
I have no problem with handicap parking spaces. There are some physical conditions (i.e.,heart problems) that are not visible to the casual observer. Morbid obesity, however, is not a condition that warrants special treatment. There are more fat-assed people who park their handicapped-marked car , walk to a store, get in a motorized scooter and plow through stores. Their "handicap" is a choice made by bad life-style and can be changed if they had some willpower. No placards for fatties.
 
2007-08-14 10:10:00 AM
davidogdenstiers.com

Approves from a distance.
 
2007-08-14 10:16:37 AM
Burn_The_Plows: I wonder how many people got their permits due to mental anguish after seeing airplanes take off from Logan Airport on September 11th?

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Or the mental anguish of airplanes NOT taking off from Logan.
 
2007-08-14 10:23:55 AM
Makh: Seriously, why do people in eastern Mass. drive noticably worse than everyone around them?

Never figured it out, but now I know how to drive offensively as well as defensively. I have been prepared for and can drive with ease and without worry in Bangkok, Tehran, Rome, and all the other traffic hellholes of the world.
 
2007-08-14 11:59:45 AM
LaChanz: I find it amusing how a handicap person needs to park right near the front door of Wal-Mart so they can go inside and walk about two miles around the store.

That is because the fat people need to use the electric carts, so there arn't any for them. There should be a weight limit to use the electric carts. An 80 pound man with a walker probably needs that cart more than some of the fatties that use them. I could loose some weight myself, but I am nowhere near as big as some of these people.

One of my co-workers has a shirt like this. Funniest shirt I have seen in a long time.

www.tshirthell.com

She lost her leg above the knee, so she really is handicapped.
 
2007-08-14 12:11:22 PM
These people live in Boston.

Isn't that enough to rate a placard?
 
2007-08-14 12:12:54 PM
My ex's brother was in a car accident during high school and is completely paralyzed. The guy lives in a 24/7 care facility. Their perfectly abled mother absolutely loves her handicap placard though.

// Maybe I should call and tell her off
// Farking baby boomers
 
2007-08-14 12:13:05 PM
Crosshair: She lost her leg above the knee, so she really is handicapped.

So she's just a disembodied shin? Damn, that's creepy.
 
2007-08-14 12:13:50 PM
I rode with the constable one day handing out tickets for this... and the real story is that if you have a placard, you can park at any meter for free! Thats why all the downtown meters aren't generating revenue, too many fake handicapped parkers.
 
2007-08-14 12:14:56 PM
W58204344H4600A1106-WMWTLJT8 FredaDeStilleto Has the right idea. It is not always an orthopedic condition. Not that peeps do not take advantage of it...I am glad that there are spots for those who cannot keep up. My body doth grow old.
 
2007-08-14 12:15:23 PM
www.tshirthell.com
 
2007-08-14 12:15:46 PM
Crosshair: She lost her leg above the knee, so she really is handicapped.

So she's just a disembodied shin? Damn, that's creepy.


I am sorry to say but i LOL'd. And now I feel guilty.
 
2007-08-14 12:15:50 PM
Tall Tree Short Branch: Since I can't park there anyway, and I'm not handicapped, and I've never known anyone who ever needed a gimp spot and couldn't find it... I don't farking care.

Yet you post anyway.

Tall Tree Short Branch: It's funny when you talk just to see your alias on a screen.
 
2007-08-14 12:16:12 PM
Here in California, we have a disproportionate number of blacks using placards. Seems that they need the larger disabled space for parking their escalade.
 
2007-08-14 12:18:04 PM
There's a person in my building with a permanent handicap placard, and she must have the most invisible handicap possible, because she's in her early '30s, and works out 3 days a week in the building gym. My guess is that she's got an elderly relative who no longer drives, so she uses the placard to grab the space next to the elevators for her Lexus IS 300.

If it's not a mobility-related handicap, you don't need a placard. Fatties don't count, and if you don't drive yourself, you don't need the space - they can let you out at the curb and then park in a 'normal' space.
 
2007-08-14 12:19:18 PM
My mom found an expired handicapped permit that someone had discarded. She took it home and White-outed the expiration date and stenciled in the year 2015. I always borrow it around Christmas and limp to and from my car.
 
2007-08-14 12:20:00 PM
Well in most places just being old seems to qualify you.
 
rpa
2007-08-14 12:20:05 PM
handicapped people don't drive.

can't believe the seinfeld reference is not yet pictured. perhaps because it is too dated?
 
2007-08-14 12:20:20 PM
Damn them. I applied for a temporary handicapped placard a week ago but I was told that I didn't qualify. I did something nasty to my knee and it hurts me to walk. I'd rather eat cereal than walk around the grocery store and shop because I know how bad the pain gets. Physical therapy isn't helping as much as I had hoped. I'd love to know what qualifies you for a temporary placard if pain and impaired mobility doesn't.

Yeah, it's only a few steps saved but it's a few steps that don't hurt.
 
2007-08-14 12:20:21 PM
To me it seems like they should only be for people on crutches or with a cane.

If you're in a wheelchair of some sort, you can roll 50 feet as easily as 2 feet, especially the motorized ones.

Anyways, I usually park in the furthest spot away for the exercise
 
2007-08-14 12:21:12 PM
The big problem I have is that here in downtown Chicago, the disabled parking spots are all meter-free. Can't they cough up a quarter or twenty like the rest of us?
 
2007-08-14 12:21:40 PM
SlightlyManic: Damn them. I applied for a temporary handicapped placard a week ago but I was told that I didn't qualify. I did something nasty to my knee and it hurts me to walk. I'd rather eat cereal than walk around the grocery store and shop because I know how bad the pain gets. Physical therapy isn't helping as much as I had hoped. I'd love to know what qualifies you for a temporary placard if pain and impaired mobility doesn't.

Yeah, it's only a few steps saved but it's a few steps that don't hurt.


Have someone drive you and then have them fetch you a wheelchair. Most grocery stores and malls have a courtesy wheelchair somewhere.
 
2007-08-14 12:21:48 PM
once again, this issue is not about handicap spots...
it is about regular metered spots.
people with placards park in metered spots all day and dont feed the meter.
 
2007-08-14 12:22:47 PM
danielr: Crosshair: She lost her leg above the knee, so she really is handicapped.

So she's just a disembodied shin? Damn, that's creepy.


Doh, she lost her leg below the knee.

/Note to self: Do not post on Fark before Caffine.
 
2007-08-14 12:22:52 PM
Penn & Teller had a good bit about the Handicap spots. It's well worth the viewing.

I personally feel there need to be spots, handicap signs, etc. But there are obviously a lot (a LOT) of people out there that managed to manipulate the system to get a special hangar.

I kid you not, 2 days ago I saw a man in his 30s flying through the parking lot in a new Dodge Viper Roadmaster. He put up a handicap sign, pulled into a handicap spot, and practically jogged into the store. He looked fine, was happy, and was moving about very quickly in the store.

I watched him in awe as he moved about, was hitting on some girls, etc.

WTF!
 
2007-08-14 12:23:07 PM
I also wonder when being fat will qualify you for these things.
At airports the really fat people seem to get VIP treatment getting driven to their departure gate. It was actually pretty disgusting

Can't I claim my lazyness is a disability and get carted around?
 
2007-08-14 12:23:23 PM
Those handicap pacard thingies should have the picture of the handicapped person on it, and if that person isn't in the vehicle it shouldn't be valid.
 
2007-08-14 12:23:43 PM
Watch this. (or torrent it)

There's more to this issue than I thought before I saw it.
 
2007-08-14 12:23:58 PM
lilplatinum: Well in all fairness it is a mental handicap to be a sox or pats fan.

You're also half mental to be driving in Boston.
i236.photobucket.com
 
2007-08-14 12:24:24 PM
One night while leaving Chili's with the wife, a car pulled up with 4 high school kids in it. They parked in a handicapped spot and the driver, a 16 year old in a tux reached in his glove box and pulled out a HC tag and placed it on the rearview. Then he jumped out and RAN around to open his date's door. None of these kids were Handicapped and there was no reason for them to have a tag. As they walked past my wife I said, "Damn Honey, he opened the door for her and he has a handicap parking tag that he doesn't need. WHAT A CATCH." He mouthed back,"IT's MY MOM'S, YOU ASSHOLE." To which I responded, "Oh really? Well where is she? Cause the only reason you would need to display it is if SHE drove you." He didn't say anything, he just tucked his head down herded his date through the door.
 
2007-08-14 12:24:44 PM
Crosshair: Doh, she lost her leg below the knee.

/Note to self: Do not post on Fark before Caffine.


Doh wait, that aint right either. She lost her leg from just above the knee down. Dammit why won't the caffeine kick in.
 
rpa
2007-08-14 12:25:42 PM
i have to admit i don't get why a handicapped permit exempts you from having to feed the meter... maybe because you can't walk from home or something?

/i want meters on my street to keep the asshats who populate the local sportsbar from parking here and then wandering down the street at 2:00 AM leaving a path of gnawed chicken wing bones, empty beer cups and vomit in their wake while the poor saps on my street who don't have off-street parking can't park infront of their own damn houses...
 
2007-08-14 12:27:43 PM
No placards for fatties.

QFT. And on a similar vein, stores need to get rid of those "Expectant mothers" and "Parents of newborns" spots. Fatties who can't figure out how to put down the twinkie, and those who can't figure out birth control don't need special spots.
 
2007-08-14 12:28:02 PM
I have no problem with reserving a few spots for the handicapped, but, why so many? If you look at newer parking lots there are almost always a huge number of handicap slots. A local supermarket that just got built has, I'd say, 150 slots, and 30 of them are reserved. This is not in Florida, where everyone's over 80. It's in a young, "up-and-coming" suburb. Are you telling me that 20% of shoppers are handicapped?
 
2007-08-14 12:28:48 PM
On the first day of class, I once found an ASU parking permit that someone had thrown away.

Parked free and close everyday for a semester.

Amen.
 
2007-08-14 12:28:49 PM
LandOfChocolate:

Have someone drive you and then have them fetch you a wheelchair. Most grocery stores and malls have a courtesy wheelchair somewhere.

I'm fairly young, black, and overweight. If I ride one of those little scooters, won't I just reinforce the stereotypes?


I agree with you. I've got family willing to help me until things heal. In fact, I'm grateful that I will recover. Plenty of people have to suffer permanently.
 
2007-08-14 12:29:53 PM
Hollywood Cole: One night while leaving Chili's with the wife, a car pulled up with 4 high school kids in it. They parked in a handicapped spot and the driver, a 16 year old in a tux reached in his glove box and pulled out a HC tag and placed it on the rearview. Then he jumped out and RAN around to open his date's door. None of these kids were Handicapped and there was no reason for them to have a tag. As they walked past my wife I said, "Damn Honey, he opened the door for her and he has a handicap parking tag that he doesn't need. WHAT A CATCH." He mouthed back,"IT's MY MOM'S, YOU ASSHOLE." To which I responded, "Oh really? Well where is she? Cause the only reason you would need to display it is if SHE drove you." He didn't say anything, he just tucked his head down herded his date through the door.

He wore a tux taking his date to Chili's. I think this lad just reached his dating apex.
 
2007-08-14 12:30:46 PM
Crosshair:
I could loose some weight myself, but I am nowhere near as big as some of these people.


I think it's "Lefty Loosie, Righty Tighty". Would one of these help?www.twengineering.co.uk
 
2007-08-14 12:31:46 PM
I read that as handicap parking penis. I need more sleep.

/or sex...
//slashie sex!
 
2007-08-14 12:32:11 PM
*bonus
If there is no actual sign in front of the spot(only a handicap symbol painted on concrete in spot, for example) then you might get a ticket, but it wont hold up in court. only spots with a sign are official.
/go on, try it!~
 
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