You lost me there. I know too many people who have COPD, bad hearts,
and a couple with emphysema to think the difficulties disappear. In the
case of COPD, the difficulty breathing MAY come and go, but that is not
at the behest of the person suffering from the problem.
But why contort in and out of a corvette? Certainly not comfortable.
Imagine it's as some said, not the type of disability you'd even recognize.
Still, a red corvette looks strange among all those white cadillacs....
Agreed. I've got a few friends with sports cars and although I know I could
get in them if I really wanted to, it would be a hell of an effort to get
out of them. That's aside from the fact that there would be no room for my
wheelchair anyway, (even if I dissembled it)
One brand of car I've been looking at lately are the smart cars. Doors seem
big enough for me to get in and out and they're low enough to the ground
that I wouldn't have to climb in. I've been considering that kind of
modifications I'd need to get my folding wheelchair in and out.
I saw a good setup the other day. A car (Buick Century) pulled into the
parking spot and had a carrier on top that looked like the pods people use
for luggage on a vacation. From the driver's seat he was able to open it,
have the chair come down right at the door and shift himself into it.
Depends upon where you live. A casual observer around here would suspect
that the HC stickers either come with the title, or with your/your spouses
Seems most every Mercedes/BMW/Lexus in the local shopping center sports one
... often driven by the trophy wife, complete with crotch hair hugging
spandex exercise shorts (and sometimes the Master of the Universe himself,
very possibly in the _same_ shorts), who parks and _runs_ in to get
What a great country ... where you can be illiterate and still drive such
nice automobiles (judging by the number of these same luxury egomobiles,
routinely parked in clearly marked "no parking" areas).
... the practice, like many of the other scofflaw attitudes in this culture,
but sometimes, you gotta check it out. Some time ago, a young (by my
standards) woman with a superb butt rammed her
Expedition/Excursion/Excuse Me into a handicapped space, leapt down
with touching the sill, and trotted into Winn Dixie. I was going in at
the time, so I knew she occupied that space at least for the 30 minutes
I was inside.
I told my wife about it. She knew, or knew of, the woman. Turns out,
she really was handicapped, unable to read correctly, because her coke
habit kept her awake nights. The Winn Dixie store and the young lady
are both gone now, for the same reason: mismanagement.
That sounds a little off Charlie. Don't know about down in the US, but up
here in Canada, disability parking permits are for the *mobility* impaired
or for those who might have difficulty walking limited distances because of
certain physical conditions. There's a number of disabilities that do not
entitle one to a parking permit. vision being one of them. Maybe it's
different in the US? I would also suggest that having trouble reading (such
as street signs or warning signs) would also prevent someone from being
licensed to drive.
All of that aside, up here in Canada too, the medical profession is almost
universally too quick to sign the forms allowing someone to obtain a permit.
I've seen it happen repeatedly and I lobby against it at every opportunity.
The worst that happens is when one doctor refuses to complete a parking
permit form for a patient, that person simply goes to another doctor. The
original doctor often loses that patient as a client as well.
LOL. Which bets the question, what is a mobility impaired person doing
shopping in a huge Borg building. Perhaps they should be allowed to drive
through. I never could understand handicap parking in front of Large
stores. The walk from the parking lot to the store is no where near the
walk ahead of them once they get inside.
Leon, I hope you never have the problems some do. My wife (most days) can
walk the inside of the larger stores, but she has to do it pushing a cart.
The walk from a parking spot to the door is often a problem if there are no
carts available or she does not have my arm to hold on to. In nice weather,
I'll park at some distance so we can get the exercise, but when it is 13
degrees or 95 degrees, the placard comes out.
I know abuses occur. I know a fellow that uses his grandmother's car for
Christmas shopping. I'm sure some people don't need to use those spots all
the time. I'm sure some doctors are too quick to sign off. I doubt than
any of us here (even if you are a doctor) can make an honest evaluation just
watching a person walk to the store.
Oh, did I mention that some stores have electric scooters for the
Think about the issue a little more. Suppose my mobility impaired spouse
needed a plumbing repair item or I wanted her opinion on a lighting fixture
or paint color. Are you suggesting HD shouldn't let her in the store?!?
Hats off to our local BORG -- Our HD has electric carts for those that need
them, and at least one person on the sales staff uses a powered wheelchair.
HD is very good about providing services to handicapped customers, and also
very good at hiring staff with special needs as well. In fact, I think the
corporation has a special program and an arrangement with Goodwill to either
use or provide training and experience for persons (such as with Downs
Syndrome) who might otherwise be unemployable.
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