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Old 11-01-2005, 01:57 PM
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You know what makes me madder 'n mad??? People that pull into a handicapped parking space and put their little handicapped thing on their mirror, then they get out of the car and walk without so much as a limp into the store.

I just got back from Home Depot. When I parked, a woman went past two open parking spots and parked in a handicapped space one spot closer. She reached over in the passenger seat, grabbed her handicapped placard, hung it up. I waited until I could see her get out of her car. She was FINE!!!! No crutches, no wheelchair. In fact not even a limp. PIECE OF SH!T!!!!!!!

I see this all the time. 90% of the time, it's people in nice cars. This woman was in a Lexus SUV.

What can I do to report these people?

I have a friend who is legitimately handicapped. She has a rare disease that affects the muscles in her legs and she has a hard time walking. We went out to dinner and her husband brought their placard. I dropped them off at the sidewalk and pulled past 4 open handicapped spaces and drove around the parking lot for 5 minutes trying to find an open space. I passed those spaces for one at the back of the lot. Why? When I had the placard and I could have parked closer? Because I am not handicapped and I am able to walk. That's why.

If I were truly handicapped and I saw this woman park in that spot and because of that, I had to park much further away in the lot, I would have a very hard time walking by her car and not smashing her windows or keying her god dam car!!! Man that really pisses me off!!!
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Default Re: Handicapped parking spaces!!!!

In my town we call those spaces, "Fat Lazy A$$" spaces for the same reasons you outline above.
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Fat is not a disease and fat is not a handicap. Fat is a choice.
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I vote beat them with a large piece of pipe, give them a reason to limp.
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I had the sticker/ card once...when my back was seriously out - ever since I have called down a few dozen people over the years. I just don't go for the sh!t either.
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The most disgusting are the people driving SUVs that are so high up they almost qualify as technical climbing to get in and out, a big Ford Excursion with a 30 inch step-in/out.

If they can make the climb they sure ought to be able to walk 50 yards.
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the handicap might be respitory?
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I would consider that more of an ailment than a handicap, might keep you from running, but my 81 year old grandmother who's had both knees replaced in the last 2 years can handle walking from a normal spot.
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Default Re: Handicapped parking spaces!!!!

NormandyBeach - 11/1/2005 2:24 PM the handicap might be respitory?
Yeah, Yeah, that's it, it must be one of those there respiratory things. Yeah, That's the ticket.


choice parking for life, and federal job preference for life to boot.




Boy, this handicap thing is really, really rough.

If the handicap provides preferential treatment, is it really a handicap at all?





I personally know"handicaped" individuals whose only handicap is that they are just much, much, much too fat.

I think they should get have a space furthest from the door reserved for them, and they should have to use it. The idea of Handicapped parking to go get more groceries does seem strange.

They make a mockery out of the original intention of the ADA.

But it is legal, and they work the system.
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My wife and I take turns kicking each other to make the other limp when we park in those spaces. We are both quite healthy. It works best during the Christman season.

I do agree though. Bunch of lazy fother muckers.
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I shoot clays with a wheelchair shooter. He's paralyzed from the chest down. If he sees someone walking normally from a handicapped space, he won't hesitate to embarass them in public, loudly.
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I am not sure what the type of auto has to do with this subject. You don't have to drive a trashy car to be handicapped.

My 92 year old uncle did not have a sticker but my 88 year old aunt with a hip replacement and a broken foot does. I drive when we go out and park in a handicapped space so she does not have to walk very far. I try to let her out at the door if it is convenient, so you might see me getting out of her car I just parked in a handicapped spot and walking briskly, with barely a limp, to help her get in the building. I almost guarantee that you will see her walk back out to the car if you wait around long enough. I do not use the reserved spots if I know she will not be walking back to the car. I know how helpful those spaces can be to the truely handicapped and would feel terrible about using her sticker improperly.

I agree that the ADA has been abused greatly. I could go on and on about some of the crazy things I have had to do at school because of it.

I, too, would like to put "JERK" stickers all over the cars of some people I see parking in handicapped spaces but realize that sometimes I may not know the whole story.
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My late father was a (USCG) veteran with 100% service related disability and a handi-cap plate. If you saw him get out of a car and walk into a store you would not know he was handicapped. If you followed him into the store you might see him sit down after a few minutes to recover. He had nerve damage from severe and prolonged exposure to cold. He could make a good show, some days more and somedays less, before he'd get a little weak and need to "reset."

Remember that the next time you see some onethat may be abusing a placard. You are probably right but there are a number of people who are legitimatly using those tags that you just cant tellwithout more observation.
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Default RE: Handicapped parking spaces!!!!

One of MY pet peeves, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Mom, at 83, has had 2 quadrupple bypasses within 5 years of each other. Although she gets around pretty good, she was reluctant to apply for a handicapped tag - I ENCOURAGED her to do so - for her OWN health!

It IS difficult to "diagnose" a person's "handicap" strictly by observing them - as was said, could be internal and not show any "signs". I'd hate to confront someone that is LEGIT!

But, it's also a PATHETIC abuse of "the system". Some folks have a family member or relative that they take places and use the tag when doing so - that's fine. But others use that SAME tag when going places by themselves - JUST to get that almighty "closer spot"!

I LIKE the idea of the "willing fat" having to park the FARTHEREST away!

Not sure WHO you'd "call" when you see one to report - the store, shopping center management, or the police? But it seems the police are reluctant to enforce on "private property" unless it's an accident, robbery, etc.? But if there's a SIGN, and it's "the LAW", then it's 'spose to be ENFORCED, no matter WHERE??? ;?

O.K. - my blood pressure is back down. Hmmm ... maybe it's time to see if I can get one of them tags??? ;?

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prob a mental handicap.
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my father has one because of his heart condition ( 2 heart attacks, bypass sugery, and congenital heart failure) his legs r usaully fine he just can't walk a long way. so the next time u start to slam someone for parking in a handicap spot that has a sticker maybe u should get the hole story first.
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I think that one of the biggest group responsible for this are the doctors that give people "temp" handicapped passes post surgery/injury for periods of time that are entirely too long, and give them to those that have absolutely no legit need for them. Those that continue to use them past the needed period of time or who use someone elses pass are just as guilty.

On a pretty pathetically sad note, a couple of years ago, my cousin was ticketed for parking in a handicapped spot at his own business. This was after hours when the business was closed, locked up, and all interior lights visible from the road were off. He was there doing a little paper work. He pulled up not even thinking about where he was parking because he was closed, his business has it's own parking lot, no other establishments use it. Fine was outragous, and the magistrate wouldn't even cut any slack. Talk about someone that should be kicked off the bench.
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Default RE: Handicapped parking spaces!!!!

As a side note. There is a guy at my marina that is a Nam Vet with a battle field disability. He takes no prisoners if somebody is parked in the handicap spot.....he even had another guy's truck ticketed and towed away this summer. Frankly, I completely agree with his gripe.

Here in ATL a local news station did an investigative piece a few years ago and they found out the city was giving these permits away like candy to almost anybody that wanted one. Pathetic but quite normal for our city government.
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Yeah.....I have a problem w/ that too. Especially at my little boys daycare. There are several handicap spaces up near the front and it never fails........someone always parks there to get out to go get their kid just because it is closer and they take their time. You never know.....someone that actually needs it may show up. They are diefinitely not physically challenged........mentally challenged maybe. I'm w/ Auto......beat em with a pipe

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