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(Yahoo)   If you're going to park in a handicapped spot, make sure that: A) you are truly disabled, B) no one is recording you with their phone, and C) you are not the "Parking Enforcement Agent"   ( shine.yahoo.com) divider line
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2013-10-10 01:45:00 AM  
3 votes:
shiat like this grinds my gears way more than non-handicapped people parking in handicapped spots:

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2013-10-10 09:41:40 AM  
1 vote:

chewd: Meh, I lost all respect for handicapped parking when it turned into fatty parking. I can't remember the last time I saw an actual handicapped person use one... Its always fat ladies.

If it makes you feel any better, my friend Ian uses them all the time.  He lost one of his legs just above the knee in a car accident.  Bonus:  He's not fat.
2013-10-10 09:16:57 AM  
1 vote:

DarkVader: You know what I really hate?

No, but please go ahead and inform us of your irrational hatreds.

The self-righteous dickbags who get their manties in a wad about other peoples' parking.  And I hate parking pigs.  There are no good guys in this story, they both should DIAF.

Clearly you've never been in the situation where some asshole in a two-door coupe parks at the exact center of two parking spaces in a parking area that is otherwise completely full, the nearest parking space being two blocks away. In the rain.

I'm not opposed to having SOME handicapped parking available.  But have you EVER seen all of those spaces full?  It NEVER happens.  I've seen an entire parking lot full, except for the handicapped spaces which are all empty.

Ok, yes, sure. In some situations the entire parking lot could potentially be full save for two or three handicapped spots. And how rare are those situations? Excessively rare, in fact.

How about this as a solution:  Handicapped spaces can be used for parking for up to 10 minutes for anybody, or unlimited time if you've actually got the sticker.  And the fine can be no more than double an ordinary parking ticket, these $100 and up tickets are just stupid for something that doesn't actually hurt anybody, since those spaces never really fill up.

For the sake of argument, let's say you're in a parking lot and there is one handicapped spot open, and the nearest non-restricted space is half a mile away. Let's say you--who can easily walk miles on end with no ill effect--take the handicapped spot, even if only for ten minutes. An actual handicapped person arrives and cannot find a parking space. Now you're just a dick who is forcing someone who cannot walk (or, in my case, walk well) to either not run what could very well be an extremely important errand (retrieving life-saving medication, for example), or to trudge into a building in excruciating pain all because you couldn't be bothered to walk a little further. Congratulations, you're a dick. And dicks deserve extra fines in these situations.

At the very least, instead of having a set number of spaces no matter where they are, actually do a usage study based on the type of parking users, and pick an appropriate number based on real-world data.  Senior center or gerontologist office?  Lots of handicapped spaces.  Lumberyard?  Don't bother.

Because five or six reserved parking spaces is an enormous inconvenience upon you. (See above, you dick.) Next you're going to claim that home-improvement stores don't need automatic, handicapped-friendly doors. Or that handicapped-accessible restrooms are a waste of time. Fark you.
2013-10-10 02:16:46 AM  
1 vote:

anyland: Karma Chameleon: "I wanted him fired. But he should've also gotten the $500 fine that anyone else would have gotten."

Okay, this guy is kind of an asshole himself.

Why? he broke the law ($500 fine) and acted inappropriately in accordance with his duties (fired). Which one does he not deserve?

The dude did get fined - his entire income. I think that's punishment enough. The article also mentions the guy recording him was taunting him too. No need for that.
2013-10-10 01:47:07 AM  
1 vote:
Define "truly disabled" subby.

I'm disabled enough that I have a handicap license plate and cane, and I still get heckled by people saying I "only use the cane for the parking". On one occasion, I had to call the police to stop a tow truck that some complainer convinced the manager to call. (The complainer was blocking my car in so I couldn't leave.)

Since the guy in TFA was an able-bodied public offal, I fully support turning him in for this, but don't go about promoting vigilante justice against the "fakers" whose injuries don't fit your standard of "disability".
2013-10-10 01:35:36 AM  
1 vote:
I like to park in handicapped spaces and watch handicapped people make handicapped faces.

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