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2012-03-09 05:30:03 PM
And here I am walking to fridge like a sucker.
 
2012-03-09 05:30:28 PM
I've often wondered what these lardasses do if the power fails while they're out and about. Be funny if they asked complete strangers to be push them back to their motor vehicle.
 
2012-03-09 05:32:43 PM

CitizenTed: Do these pointy-headed elitists have any idea how ha-a-a-ard it is to walk from the 17th parking space at WalMart all the way to the oversize athletic-wear section and back?


Sarcasm aside, people who require canes or walkers probably have a disabled person's medallion for their car and can park up front.


Delay: The AMA has the tightest union in the world and their greed is obvious.


Nothing will change until campaign finance reform really happens. That will never happen until corporations are no longer synonymous with people in the eye of the law.
 
2012-03-09 05:33:11 PM

here to help: It's fat lazy f*cks like that who are making it a b*tch for me to get one.

/not fat
//just can't move around very well


Same here. Not due to size, due to a damn thing called age, plus a screwed-up ankle (broken and didn't heal right) can make a lot of walking a chore. Usually it's no problem, but sometimes those scooters are a REAL help!
 
2012-03-09 05:33:31 PM
From the comments
Dogbert Mar 9, 2012 7:40 AM

How will the tea baggers get to the next town hall meeting?

Okay which one of you wrote that
 
2012-03-09 05:33:59 PM
Here's what bugs me.

Handicapped spaces have 2 traits:

1) They are bigger to accommodate wheelchairs
2) They are closer to the store

If someone is using a powered wheelchair why the hell do they need to be closer to the store?
 
2012-03-09 05:34:58 PM
As a wheelchair user myself, I refuse to use a powered chair. I go for three to four mile laps in my chair around the lakes near my house for exercise. You have no idea how much upper body strength and endurance it takes. My fiancee often goes with me and jogs, we push each other to go faster. Just because I have a disability doesn't mean being lazy and out of shape. I'm constantly looking for new ways to keep active.

100% agree, power chairs should only be for those not capable of operating a manual chair.
 
2012-03-09 05:35:21 PM

here to help: What do you mean "non-powered" scooter? I don't understand.


wheelchair?
 
2012-03-09 05:35:59 PM
But many people who are disappointed when they don't get approval don't understand what Medicare considers "medically necessary." That's based solely on whether you can't get around in your home and perform routine tasks, not whether you need it to grocery shop.

I will say the reality of that is pretty sad - it means you get old and/or disabled people that are completely housebound, and that isn't good for anyone.
 
2012-03-09 05:36:39 PM
Here's what bugs me.
Handicapped spaces have 2 traits:
1) They are bigger to accommodate wheelchairs
2) They are closer to the store
If someone is using a powered wheelchair why the hell do they need to be closer to the store?


Not everyone using those spaces is in a wheelchair. There's all sorts of disabilities.
 
2012-03-09 05:36:45 PM
I have seen a lazy fat guy using the store provided machines at my wife's store then run into the same guy shopping at the mall without one, because the mall don't provide them. Hmm, grocery store letting guy be lazy while mall makes him walk. Couldn't be a coincidence.

My father-in-law also got one of these. If he stopped whining, he would lose weight. He can walk long distance, you just have to hear about it for a day.
 
2012-03-09 05:37:59 PM

baltimoreblonde: here to help: It's fat lazy f*cks like that who are making it a b*tch for me to get one.

/not fat
//just can't move around very well

Same here. Not due to size, due to a damn thing called age, plus a screwed-up ankle (broken and didn't heal right) can make a lot of walking a chore. Usually it's no problem, but sometimes those scooters are a REAL help!


I've been a prisoner in my own home for far too long now. I just want to be able to go outside and enjoy life again. Hopefully that dream will be coming true in the near future.
 
2012-03-09 05:38:26 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/6985760/75475147#c75475147" target="_blank">HotIgneous Intruder</a>:</b> <i>FTA: "Those eligibility requirements will not change June 1 - but you'll have to prove you qualify before you take delivery of a device that can cost more than $10,000."

Ten grand for one of these meat movers?
Somebody's getting raped.</i>

I decent manual wheelchair can easily run 3k-5k. It's because they are custom built to your specifications (and there are a TON of options on some of them). My rigid frame chair cost about 3.5k. Not sure about these stupid things, but you're probably right.
 
2012-03-09 05:38:46 PM

SpaceyCat: Having had to use a mobility scooter (not powered)


Isn't that called a wheelchair?
 
2012-03-09 05:39:06 PM
My gramps used two canes to get around for years, always teetering on the edge of collapse. He hated the idea of using a wheelchair. He reasoned that if he started using a wheelchair, because it was easier, that he would grown dependent on one.

I finally convinced him to let me push him around the German-American festival in a wheelchair, after he hadn't been for a decade. I even purchased him a few beers, much to the displeasure of my parents. But gramps had the time of his life.

I think gramps was correct in that many are too willing to take the easy way out and opt for a wheelchair at the first opportunity. He lived alone for a long time, well beyond where most elderly people go to a nursing home. I rack it up his ability to stay out of a nursing home to his stubbornness. I plan to be just like him when I get old and crusty.

I sure miss him.
 
2012-03-09 05:40:47 PM

here to help: I tried years ago but they torqued my body out something fierce and made things worse. Those forearm crutch things might work better but I still wouldn't get very far before spasming or wrenching something out of place.


That sucks. :-\

here to help: What do you mean "non-powered" scooter? I don't understand.


They're called "knee-walkers". Basically a little scooter that has a handle bar w/brakes for steering and a small padded platform that you can put your knee on.

This is the one I used, minus the little bag in front:
bradfordmedicalsupply.com

Pretty useful when you have a foot or lower leg injury.
 
2012-03-09 05:41:18 PM

Nexzus: I've often wondered what these lardasses do if the power fails while they're out and about. Be funny if they asked complete strangers to be push them back to their motor vehicle.


kinda happened with me once. I was driving between sites at my work when I noticed one of these individuals with the rear 2 wheels of their tub-scooter stuck in some gravel just off the sidewalk. I went and helped push her off and back on the walk, but according to her she had been sitting there for a while, which her recent sunburn confirmed (this is Phoenix, AZ by the way). When I asked her why she didn't call someone or something, she stated that she couldn't reach her phone tucked away on the back of the thing. Makes me wonder what would have happened if I hadn't seen her.
 
2012-03-09 05:41:28 PM

halotosis: I decent manual wheelchair can easily run 3k-5k. It's because they are custom built to your specifications (and there are a TON of options on some of them). My rigid frame chair cost about 3.5k. Not sure about these stupid things, but you're probably right.


Medical equipment is ridiculously overpriced. Take wheeled walkers for example. They are no more complex than a cheap bike you can pick up for $100 yet for some reason they cost thousands. It's a scam but when you need the equipment you need it.
 
2012-03-09 05:42:19 PM

Callous: Isn't that called a wheelchair?


The one I had isn't one you sit on, but kneel on. See the pic I just posted.
 
2012-03-09 05:42:34 PM

trivial use of my dark powers: Mattyb710: old_toole: The Onanist: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: oldfarthenry: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: God Is My Co-Pirate: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: King Something: America sounds fat.

We're big boned.

Husky.

Jolly

Morbidly jovial (props to brap)

Rubenesque

Overtly plump

Portly

[img.photobucket.com image 200x436]

Over-inflated


A potential fuel source.
 
2012-03-09 05:43:14 PM

JohnAnnArbor: trivial use of my dark powers: Mattyb710: old_toole: The Onanist: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: oldfarthenry: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: God Is My Co-Pirate: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: King Something: America sounds fat.

We're big boned.

Husky.

Jolly

Morbidly jovial (props to brap)

Rubenesque

Overtly plump

Portly

[img.photobucket.com image 200x436]

Over-inflated

A potential fuel source.


Drought and famine resistant
 
2012-03-09 05:43:58 PM
There's a reason they call them power chairs:

www.redundancycom.com

/hot, like a dozen Popeye's biscuits and all the honey they'll give you
 
2012-03-09 05:44:07 PM

SpaceyCat: This is the one I used, minus the little bag in front:


Wow... that looks awfully impractical but if it helped you I guess it served it's purpose.
 
2012-03-09 05:44:17 PM

SpaceyCat: here to help: I tried years ago but they torqued my body out something fierce and made things worse. Those forearm crutch things might work better but I still wouldn't get very far before spasming or wrenching something out of place.

That sucks. :-\

here to help: What do you mean "non-powered" scooter? I don't understand.

They're called "knee-walkers". Basically a little scooter that has a handle bar w/brakes for steering and a small padded platform that you can put your knee on.

This is the one I used, minus the little bag in front:
[bradfordmedicalsupply.com image 388x577]

Pretty useful when you have a foot or lower leg injury.


That thing is seriously rad and I don't know why it hasn't been featured on the X-Games yet. Seriously I'm going to get a knee walker and go XTREME!, bro.

/this could be big
//trying to think of the first trick...a Kneel-lie?
 
2012-03-09 05:44:44 PM
well how the fark else are they supposed to see the Grand Canyon?
 
2012-03-09 05:45:25 PM

VictoryCabal: Attention people of Wal-Mart: you're not riding the cart because you're fat, you're fat because you ride the cart. Try walking once in a while.


"Once in a while" won't help either :P
 
2012-03-09 05:46:47 PM

BurnShrike: JohnAnnArbor: trivial use of my dark powers: Mattyb710: old_toole: The Onanist: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: oldfarthenry: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: God Is My Co-Pirate: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: King Something: America sounds fat.

We're big boned.

Husky.

Jolly

Morbidly jovial (props to brap)

Rubenesque

Overtly plump

Portly

[img.photobucket.com image 200x436]

Over-inflated

A potential fuel source.

Drought and famine resistant


Sweaty, smelly fat f*ck.
 
2012-03-09 05:46:52 PM
Walker

Well duh, the commercials say they are free and Medicare will pay for them. Why wouldn't lazy people get one?


Those commercials really frost me. Those chairs aren't free. My walking, working self is paying for them.
 
2012-03-09 05:47:15 PM
I suspect once Medicare quits paying for so many motorized scooters, the price of the scooters will miraculously drop.
 
2012-03-09 05:47:28 PM
What I hate is when they zoom up behind you on the sidewalk, then honk or yell.
Sorry, this is a sidewalk. Wait your turn like everyone else.
 
2012-03-09 05:48:05 PM
It's not the motorized wheel chair users that annoy me so much as the people who use the handicapped hang tags. There are people who need those spaces to unload wheel chairs and the like and it annoys the hell out of me to see a group of perfectly healthy people slide their car in to the space and all hop out like normal.

Yes, I know, handicapped space doesn't really always mean 'in a wheel chair' but I also know that most of the time I see somebody bounce out of their car they are using a hang tag they got temporarily or picked up from an actual handicapped person. It's just the typical sense of entitlement people have now, they have one of the hang tags so it shouldn't matter if they are actually handicapped or not and they really don't care if actual handicapped people need the spaces.
 
2012-03-09 05:48:24 PM

SpaceyCat: Pretty useful when you have a foot or lower leg injury.


my grandmother used one of those when she went in for foot surgery

silly looking, but very useful for her
 
2012-03-09 05:48:49 PM

whatshisname: What I hate is when they zoom up behind you on the sidewalk, then honk or yell.
Sorry, this is a sidewalk. Wait your turn like everyone else.


THIS. It really frosts my balls when they pull this shiat.
 
2012-03-09 05:48:52 PM
I wonder how many chairs THIS GUY (new window) signed off on...
 
2012-03-09 05:49:34 PM

Marine1: BurnShrike: JohnAnnArbor: trivial use of my dark powers: Mattyb710: old_toole: The Onanist: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: oldfarthenry: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: God Is My Co-Pirate: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: King Something: America sounds fat.

We're big boned.

Husky.

Jolly

Morbidly jovial (props to brap)

Rubenesque

Overtly plump

Portly

[img.photobucket.com image 200x436]

Over-inflated

A potential fuel source.

Drought and famine resistant

Sweaty, smelly fat f*ck.


Santa-esque
 
2012-03-09 05:50:29 PM

here to help: Wow... that looks awfully impractical but if it helped you I guess it served it's purpose.


Considering the sternum problems that prevent me from using crutches, that thing REALLY helped me after both foot surgeries. Much smaller turning radius than a wheel chair. Doesn't require as much space. The bonus: I'm still moving around under my own power for the most part. I'm not sitting around all the time. I wouldn't have been able to use a wheel chair for the same reason I couldn't use crutches.

The cats didn't like it though...
 
2012-03-09 05:52:20 PM

loonatic112358: my grandmother used one of those when she went in for foot surgery

silly looking, but very useful for her


Oh yeah. It looks crazy, but is much less of a problem than crutches, IMO. When I went in for a check up after surgery, everyone in the waiting room was like whoa....
 
2012-03-09 05:53:44 PM

SpaceyCat: Oh yeah. It looks crazy, but is much less of a problem than crutches, IMO. When I went in for a check up after surgery, everyone in the waiting room was like whoa....


Like Gosurfind said, it looks like it should be in the X-Games somehow

Next up, granny is going to grind a rail!!!
 
2012-03-09 05:54:10 PM
So...the future is Idiocracy x Wall-E?


good to know..good to know

/we're farking doomed
 
2012-03-09 05:55:19 PM
Most of the farkers on those gimp carts are fat and lazy, not disabled. The next think they should put in their mouths is a gun.
 
2012-03-09 05:56:39 PM

macdaddy357: Most of the farkers on those gimp carts are fat and lazy, not disabled. The next think they should put in their mouths is a gun.


You're on Fark. You don't have to be polite, so why don't you tell us what you really think?

Besides, Medicare doesn't cover guns.
 
2012-03-09 05:57:00 PM

ToldThereWouldBeCake: [img818.imageshack.us image 640x512]


They got me riding tubby
 
2012-03-09 05:59:34 PM
It must be comforting to know you'll be going straight to Hell at no less than three miles an hour.
t1.gstatic.com
 
2012-03-09 06:00:28 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Rubenesque


no, rubenesque can be attractive. morbidly obese can't.
 
2012-03-09 06:06:40 PM

whatshisname: Here's what bugs me.
Handicapped spaces have 2 traits:
1) They are bigger to accommodate wheelchairs
2) They are closer to the store
If someone is using a powered wheelchair why the hell do they need to be closer to the store?

Not everyone using those spaces is in a wheelchair. There's all sorts of disabilities.


1. They are bigger so I can park diagonally.
2. What would be the point of faking a parking permit if the space was futher away?
 
2012-03-09 06:07:05 PM
i2.photobucket.com

pffft! amateurs!
 
2012-03-09 06:07:12 PM

SpaceyCat: here to help: Wow... that looks awfully impractical but if it helped you I guess it served it's purpose.

Considering the sternum problems that prevent me from using crutches, that thing REALLY helped me after both foot surgeries. Much smaller turning radius than a wheel chair. Doesn't require as much space. The bonus: I'm still moving around under my own power for the most part. I'm not sitting around all the time. I wouldn't have been able to use a wheel chair for the same reason I couldn't use crutches.

The cats didn't like it though...


Yeah, I think many people don't understand that one physical impairment tends to come with other impairments which make it tricky to find a suitable aid. When I was healthier but still messed up people found it odd I could barely walk but could ride my bike (kind of). Pedaling with my good leg and rolling was far easier on the rest of my body. Now I wouldn't even be able to get on a bike... which angers me to no end because I loved cycling.

*sigh*
 
2012-03-09 06:07:28 PM
Florida, with one of the highest rates of fraudulent claims in the nation, ....

yeah, Governor Scott of HCA fraud fame. (new window) FL corrupt from the top down.
 
2012-03-09 06:09:26 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Marine1: BurnShrike: JohnAnnArbor: trivial use of my dark powers: Mattyb710: old_toole: The Onanist: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: oldfarthenry: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: God Is My Co-Pirate: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: King Something: America sounds fat.

We're big boned.

Husky.

Jolly

Morbidly jovial (props to brap)

Rubenesque

Overtly plump

Portly

[img.photobucket.com image 200x436]

Over-inflated

A potential fuel source.

Drought and famine resistant

Sweaty, smelly fat f*ck.

Santa-esque


Burlesque performer
 
2012-03-09 06:09:47 PM

Gonad the Ballbarian: [i2.photobucket.com image 450x641]

pffft! amateurs!


Why is this man giving himself a hydraulic wedgie?
 
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