No single answer. Many handicaps don't involve wheelchairs or
crutches. A breathing problem could make a long walk difficult, while
still making to lifting/moving (and shopping) possible. Abuse is also
a common feature. A friend happily parks in handicapped spaces because
her husband's condition qualified for the plate.
This comes under the category of "is this a hill you are willing to
die for?" Do you *really* want to confront the drivers/owners and
demand an explanation or justification? Or just shrug and go on your
way? Yes, there's probably -- certainly abuse. The Home Depot shoppers
may be taking advantage of a friend's or relative's disability. Shame
I will say that if it's someone parking in a handicapped spot without
a plate, I will make sure they get a ticket. I parked behind some
bitch driving a BMW, parked in a handicapped spot without any sort of
plate or hanging placard and called the police. She stood outside my
car and ranted and raved and swore at me for 10 minutes before the
cops showed up and ticketed her. I just laughed the whole time.
She got what she deserved, although I'm sure she's still doing it.
More dollars than sense.
How? At what cost? I don't have a cellphone to dial 911. I *sure*
don't want to try and prevent an illegally-parked (perhaps) person
from 'escaping' a parking lot. I don't plan on getting into fistfights
with idiots in the special parking places, nor with those checking a
basketful of groceries through the express line. There *are*
somewhat neutral, 'though occasionally embarrassing ways of gentle
persuasion. "Did you notice you parked in a handicapped spot?" I
wouldn't go so far as to say to someone with plates or tag, "you don't
*appear* to be handicapped. Please explain yourself to me or I'll call
the cops." It ain't my call. *Most* people respect the designation.
Let it go.
as I see it
every time I go to the big box stores most of the handicapped spaces are
I think there should be closer parking for "contractors only" because they
know what they want and are in and out in minutes flat.
unlike home owners who take forever to make a decision - they should park in
the rear of the parking lot.
and the handicapped spaces should also be in the back of the lot.
with all the motorized carts in stores these days (imagine the fun in the
lot with those damn things.
contractors SHOULD get the best parking spaces because they are the back
bone of the construction trade (not to mention the millions of dollars they
spend on materials compared to your average home owner).
I disagree as HD is a "Do it yourself" home center. The only contractors who
frequent it are the jackleg wanna-be's who aren't capable of ordering material
from real supply houses by stock number, and need to see all the choices
available to them on shelving physically.
Generally these "glorified handymen" don't have accounts at real building
materials suppliers because they can't, they don't qualify because they aren't
real contractors, incorporated, or have legal company names, ar searchable in
Dunn & Bradstreet, etc. They often pay cash to HD because the job is paying
them cash - and they in turn pay cash to their help.
REAL contractors fax a material order to the supply house or have the foreman
or project manager do it. It's delivered free, as contractors don't have time
to go "shopping" at HD nor can they afford to pay tradesman's wages to waltz
around a 5 acre store shopping all day.
On Thu, 29 Jan 2004 17:11:05 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Dennis) wrote:
Neat. :-) But who's qualified to make the judgement? There are many
conditions not obvious to casual view. I believe various heart
conditions qualify. Unless the driver is wearing it on his sleeve,
it's hard to tell.
The plates and tags are issued on the basis of proven physical
disability. If a relative or employee abuses the use, he/she's an
idiot. Or maybe just taking advantage when they can as so many do in
so many situations. Or even clueless. *Most* people recognize and
respect the designation. Many otherwise responsible people will push a
basketfull of groceries through the express line because they're "in a
hurry." This is also an excuse for speeding, handicapped parking, and
probably a lot of other sins.
Where I'm at, the 'contractors' can drive into the lumber yard and load
up their stuff if it's not too heavy. Mostly though, they just park
their oversized trucks, open all the doors, turn up their (horrible)
music, and lean back and look to see who's looking at them. It's even
funnier when there are 2 of them playing different kinds of music.
Nothing like death metal and latino rap superposed on the old timpanic
I'd like to echo a previous post that 'real contractors' probably don't
have time to be shuffling around Home Despot looking for 2x4s.
Michael Daly wrote:
On 29-Jan-2004, email@example.com wrote:
Contractors are bigger and tougher than the handicapped?
Ok, so that's in poor taste. I think it's just an honour system.
Since these spots aren't near the entrance, they probably aren't
as popular anyway - the only benefit is to those who are picking
up big orders.
Caddies, Continentals and Cougars are "grampa's last car" around these
Old enough to retire, these days, means you made money when interest
rates were 13% AND you have a pension. Remember those? I was trying to
buy food for my kids when interest rates were 13%.
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