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Old 08-21-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I had a serious lug problem, but I didn't qualify for a placard. I just divorced him and that helped tremendously.
Very funny. Maybe it is good I mis-spelled it.

 
Old 08-21-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
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Park at HEB or WalMart and watch. I stand by my 75% estimate.
And how do you know? Despite what you think, you CANNOT tell with people with some handicaps. Unless you walk around with a portable MRI machine that can see the lesions on my spinal cord.

I KNOW this, because I once had a judgemental asswipe stop me and begin berating me for misusing a handicapped placard. Before I gave him a complete earful for being a complete dick, I reached into my purse where I keep a letter I had my doctor compose for me for my multiple sclerosis medication for when I travel with needles.

Multiple sclerosis causes any number of nasty symptoms, but one of the main ones is not being able to walk very well. I may walk just fine going into the store (and obviously incurring your ire), but coming out after 2 hours, I DON'T. My legs don't want to cooperate.

The truth is that it is none of your damned business what goes on between my doctor and I. But I'd gladly park somewhere else in the lot if I could get rid of this stupid disease.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 07:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I don't mean to get under your skin. I am not talking about you or anyone who has a legitimate handicap. I respect your need so much that I wish these cheaters would shop taking all the handicap spots so you have one when you need it. I believe you and the others in need make up 25% or less of people using these spaces. The rest are cheaters. Take a look. They are young, healthy and have nothing wrong with them.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
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I don't mean to get under your skin. I am not talking about you or anyone who has a legitimate handicap. I respect your need so much that I wish these cheaters would shop taking all the handicap spots so you have one when you need it. I believe you and the others in need make up 25% or less of people using these spaces. The rest are cheaters. Take a look. They are young, healthy and have nothing wrong with them.
You say that, but if you saw me get out of my car on a good day before shopping, you'd think I was one of those people. I'm 43, and I look perfectly healthy. The truth is, you don't know. And it's not your business to monitor anyone.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Wow, what a sensitive subject! So you know I gotta jump right into the discussion!

First, I have a question...I have been told that the city authorizes anyone with a disabled veteran license plate to park in handicap parking; but I have not been able to find the ordnance. If true I would qualify, but there is no way I would ever use one as my disability isn't bad enough to keep me from walking from the regular parking spaces.

But I do understand the OP's frustration, I have seen a single person pick up a TV box from a cart and place it in the car that was parked in a handicap spot, then get in the car and drive away by themselves leaving the car in the middle of the lot (a double whammy!). There was no one else in the car, and I did check!

Back in "the day," these spots were reserved for those who were physically disabled; but these days it seems like being grossly overweight is a physical disability that qualifies people to park in handicapped spots and ride around in those little carts at Walmart and HEB.

I will agree that there is a noticeable number of individuals who don't appear to have any physical ailments that require parking in these spots, and that a lot of people are taking advantage of the ease in which it takes to get one of these placards.

And it isn't so much that these people are parking there as it is they are keeping those who have much more severe physical disabilities from doing so! So no, they aren't affecting me but they are affecting someone who probably needs to park in these spots more than they do!

Therein lies the rub, and there is nothing wrong with people questioning the sight of apparently healthy individuals parking in handicapped spots. If they have a legitimate reason, why is it such an issue asking what it is? I think the big problem is some don't have a legitimate reaason, and those are the people the OP is targeting, and rightly so! If they are not legally eligible to park there, they are breaking the law and isn't that the civic duty of all citizens to point out lawbreakers?!?

Cheers! M2
 
Old 08-21-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: That's pretty obvious
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Gotta disagree major. If they don't have a handicap sticker, by all means they should be immediately accosted, tarred and feathered by random strangers diligently patrolling the parking lot for handicap parking violators.

But, demanding to know what health problems someone has to make sure they are not misusing a handicap sticker?? That is not civic duty, just bad manners. Health issues are a very personal matter and are nobody's business.

And if they are, in fact, misusing a handicap sticker...I'm a firm believer in what comes around goes around. They may get away with it today, but one day they may actually need that handicap space and --- surprise, surprise -- won't be able to find one.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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My wife has a handicap placard. She keeps the accompanying paperwork in the glove box as she was told. Also, I ALWAYS ask her if she is going into the store with me before parking in a handicap slot. If she says no, then I do not park in the slot. As I see it, the placard is only for the handicap person who is getting out of the car to go somewhere.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 09:56 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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Especially the teenagers....
I'm sorry you didn't like that gutless....the truth hurts, huh ??.

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Old 08-21-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: West Creek
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laziness is a handicap along with Obesity..... HA HA HA, who am I kidding, I recentley hurt my leg, and If you seen a limping guy who needs a hair cut at the Millitary/410, Potranco Wallmart's then its me LOL, any ways it really bothers me, when I see lazy chubby people in their 30's taking all those electric scooters, and leaving people who really need them left standing there. It makes me happy when I see an older gentlemen or lady walking even though they take longer to get there. you can still see the willpower in their eyes.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 11:13 PM
 
Location: NW near Sea World...and in a house
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My dad has been a bus driver for a major bus company for years and he told me that he had a rather large obese woman complain to him and told him he needed to find her a rest area with a sizable bathroom because the one on the bus did not accommodate her..it was built too small. While i understand bus bathrooms and ones on planes are not the largest why should the rest of the world accommodate laziness and size... It drives me nuts when i see people who are just flat out large and they have these handicapped spots...i think to myself...gosh if you parked a little further it just might do you some good.
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