Handicapped parking is there for a reason. It’s not that a person with disabilities is lazy and needs to be close. We simply need room to get our wheelchairs in and out of the vehicle. And going through a parking lot can be dangerous. I personally wouldn’t mind if the handicapped parking spaces were in the back of the lot as a means of getting more exercise. But, I know that many people are more nervous of inattentive drivers running them over.
One time when I was pulling into the parking lot at my office building, a guy had parked his truck perpendicular to the handicapped spot to run something into another office. I waited patiently for him to get out and move his truck. I *politely* gave him a look of disgust as he entered his inferiority-complex of a truck. He threw it into reverse, rolled down his window and proceeded to call me an asshole. And here I had kept my cool by not flipping the bird or yelling any obscenities at him! He was the one blocking the handicapped spot for no reason!! He drove off and I parked, but was left fuming. I wish I had done so many other things- written down his plate number, taken a picture, told him to eff off, etc. And that is how the portion of this blog came to be!
As best I can, I will take identifying marks off of the vehicles. I want to raise awareness, not lower myself to these people’s jerky levels. The point of it is, don’t be rude and park in a handicapped stall if you don’t actually need it. And if you’re parking next to a handicapped stall, don’t invade our space. We’re not asking for much- just a safe place to load and unload.