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Old 04-14-2008, 02:14 PM   #2111
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Oh, I am so glad someone started the "handicapped spot" vent! Two Christmas's ago, on the morning of Christmas eve, I had to pick up a few items at the grocery store (usually I avoid doing this, but it couldn't be helped. Well we saw this big black truck with plates from another province waiting for someone to pull out of handicapped spot near the store entrance. when the van in the spot left, the truck, displaying no plackard moved forward and we thought he was waiting to turn out of the lane. I had put my plackard on the rear view mirror as we entered the parking lot. My DH stopped for a few minutes waiting for him to leave, and then realized he could swing behind him into the spot. As he did this, the guy started backing up and put a huge dent in the driver's side. The guy all of a sudden takes off! I ask some people to stop him (having stupidly jumped out of the car without my cane and ran about ten feet (two things I can't do) because he hit us. He waived that he was coming back and went down the next row and parked. He was ranting and raving at DH that he had marked the spot (by being in front of it I guess) and thought that we had left finally. He said "you can't put your plackard up until you have parked", which is not true - you aren't supposed to drive on the streets with it but you have to have it up to mark that you need the spot. He finally calmed down and admitted it was his fault and gave us a few hundred dollars to get it fixed. Not enough, but we were both in shock at the time.

Well, to add to this, we go into the store to get the stuff and I am visibly shaken and sore. This guy behind me said "get out of my way" and I move over and say I am really sorry I can't walk any faster, and he turns around, gives me a certain hand jesture and tells me to shut the ------ up. DH smiles and says "Merry Christmas to you too sir." By this time I am in tears so I go back to the car and wait for DH to pay for everything.
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:44 PM   #2112
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Oh, I am so glad someone started the "handicapped spot" vent! Two Christmas's ago, on the morning of Christmas eve, I had to pick up a few items at the grocery store (usually I avoid doing this, but it couldn't be helped. Well we saw this big black truck with plates from another province waiting for someone to pull out of handicapped spot near the store entrance. when the van in the spot left, the truck, displaying no plackard moved forward and we thought he was waiting to turn out of the lane. I had put my plackard on the rear view mirror as we entered the parking lot. My DH stopped for a few minutes waiting for him to leave, and then realized he could swing behind him into the spot. As he did this, the guy started backing up and put a huge dent in the driver's side. The guy all of a sudden takes off! I ask some people to stop him (having stupidly jumped out of the car without my cane and ran about ten feet (two things I can't do) because he hit us. He waived that he was coming back and went down the next row and parked. He was ranting and raving at DH that he had marked the spot (by being in front of it I guess) and thought that we had left finally. He said "you can't put your plackard up until you have parked", which is not true - you aren't supposed to drive on the streets with it but you have to have it up to mark that you need the spot. He finally calmed down and admitted it was his fault and gave us a few hundred dollars to get it fixed. Not enough, but we were both in shock at the time.

Well, to add to this, we go into the store to get the stuff and I am visibly shaken and sore. This guy behind me said "get out of my way" and I move over and say I am really sorry I can't walk any faster, and he turns around, gives me a certain hand jesture and tells me to shut the ------ up. DH smiles and says "Merry Christmas to you too sir." By this time I am in tears so I go back to the car and wait for DH to pay for everything.
what an awful experience. sorry u had to go through it. some people are just rotten to the core.

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Old 04-14-2008, 02:55 PM   #2113
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Seems to me folks are just feeling more and more entitled. They figure they can do or say anything they want with no consequences. I try to think karmicly and remember that what goes around comes around. I always say a little prayer that when stuff DOES come around to those jerkballs that they will realize WHY it is happening.

Just wanted to also comment that there are folks who are not visibly handicapped that need those spots. My Mom is asthmatic and diabetic and can't walk far, but she sure LOOKS spritely and well put together.

OK, I'm sure I'm going to start an absolute firestorm here, but my personal peeve is those stupid spots reserved for families with children or pregnant ladies. Um...what? Presumably if you are pregnant, you are young enough to walk a few extra feet. I'm all for those spots they reserve for Seniors, but the "family ones"? Forgeddabouddit!!
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:59 PM   #2114
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Seems to me folks are just feeling more and more entitled. They figure they can do or say anything they want with no consequences. I try to think karmicly and remember that what goes around comes around. I always say a little prayer that when stuff DOES come around to those jerkballs that they will realize WHY it is happening.

Just wanted to also comment that there are folks who are not visibly handicapped that need those spots. My Mom is asthmatic and diabetic and can't walk far, but she sure LOOKS spritely and well put together.

OK, I'm sure I'm going to start an absolute firestorm here, but my personal peeve is those stupid spots reserved for families with children or pregnant ladies. Um...what? Presumably if you are pregnant, you are young enough to walk a few extra feet. I'm all for those spots they reserve for Seniors, but the "family ones"? Forgeddabouddit!!
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I appreciated those family spot when my doors where small (they were just starting to come in) because I could open the door wide to get them out of their child seats. Mind you they seem to be respected any more than the diasabbled slots.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:03 PM   #2115
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I appreciated those family spot when my doors where small (they were just starting to come in) because I could open the door wide to get them out of their child seats. Mind you they seem to be respected any more than the diasabbled slots.
Family spots are the same size as any other spot here. The larger size WOULD make sense for that though. I figure, since I have kids I get to park there too, but honestly, wouldn't it make more sense to put a Senior's spot there? Silly if you ask me.
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Yea, I wouldn't have minded where they were as walking wasn't the issue. Over here they are the same as disbled spots having extra wide space so you have room to get and get kids.
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OK, see, that actually makes sense! Here they are just a couple of spots right next to the handicapped spots. Same size as all the other spots though. Thats just silly.
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Yeah, in general I don't consider pregnancy to be a disabling condition and it's usually good for us to walk then. But I like the wide family spaces they have now. When I used to have a carload of toddlers, it was a struggle to get them all unloaded, keep them from running in the street, make sure they don't bang the car next to us with our car door, etc. I was scared to death in parking lots for that reason. So I think the family spot is good. And if it can be close to the store, I do think it's safer for the little ones - less lot to traverse so less chances to pull free and run in front of a car.
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My kids make me feel handicapped some days...... :)
But no, I never did see the point for pregnant chick spots. Never waited for one, never used one. Waddled my butt in from the end parking spot cuz I HATE waiting and looking for close parking places, carrying another kid most times. Walking right past some chick with a teeny 3 month "baby bump" a few times. I really wanted to kick them!!!
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My kids make me feel handicapped some days...... :)
But no, I never did see the point for pregnant chick spots. Never waited for one, never used one. Waddled my butt in from the end parking spot cuz I HATE waiting and looking for close parking places, carrying another kid most times. Walking right past some chick with a teeny 3 month "baby bump" a few times. I really wanted to kick them!!!
Yeah, I never used a preggers spot either. Actually, I've only seen them at BabiesRUs or maternity shops and I always thought they were a sales technique - make the target buyer feel special. Of course, there are women who have difficult pregnancies so walking may be an issue for them. But in general, I'm with you Suzie. Having a toddler in tow is a handicapping condition!
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