This is what I wanted to say to the girl I saw park in a handicap parking spot today that clearly was not handicapped. Does that burn anyone else up as much as it burns me up? It has always bothered me but it seems like it does even more so now. I don't know if it's because I have a child who may need to park in that spot one day or if it's just because I have gotten older and know more people who have a legitimate need for a handicapped spot or both but it REALLY bothers me. I just don't understand why some people feel like they are special enough to break the rules and make it harder for other people.
I had professor (who had no obvious disability) once who's car I saw parked in a handicap spot. I couldn't see the front of her car so I wasn't sure if she had a tag or not so I asked her about it when I got to class. I had this professor a few times and we spoke and emailed outside of class once in a while so I was comfortable with mentioning it. She told me that she had a breathing disorder (not asthma) that kept her from being able to walk long distances or over exerting herself. And she also had a tag hanging. That was totally understandable and I was so glad when she told me that because I was afraid my idea of the type of person she was would be ruined. Although I am not glad that she has the problem of course!
But this girl today, she was in her late teens or early twenties, had no tag. And she definitely did not have a breathing problem. She got out of her car in her high heels and practically ran into the mall because it was so cold out. So if she did have a breathing problem she would have passed out I'm quite sure.
But the kicker to the whole story is that I am pretty sure she KNEW she had done something wrong (not just legally but morally). When she got out of the car she walked around and looked down like she was looking at the color of the lines. And then she looked around to see if anyone was watching and she kinda just stood there like she was deciding what she should do. Obviously she didn't find it to be that big of a deal because she then started on her sprint inside.
I thought about all of the people who may have needed that spot that instead may have had to park hundreds of spaces away because there were no handicap spots free. It was so cold and windy today. I thought of a mother with a small child that was wheel chair bound having to push their child that far in the cold. Ugh!
I so badly wanted to say something. I was sooooooo close. But for some reason I didn't. I guess I didn't want to cause a scene or look like an idiot if there was in fact a legitimate reason she was parked there. Although I can think of none.
So what would you have done? Nothing? Said something? Called the cops? I would love to hear from some other people on the subject.
And PLEASE don't park in a handicap spot if you don't need to.