AIBU to tell people off who park in parent & child spaces but have no children with them?

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Ameybee Thu 28-Feb-13 15:47:28

This does my head in when I'm struggling to get 2 kids out the car in a normal space yet some idiot without kids is parked in the child space!!

I told a lady off today! I said 'do you know this is a parent & child space?' She said 'yeah' I replied 'so you're just being inconsiderate then?' She thought about it then made up some bullshit about her child being 'down there, in that shop!!' - she had just driven in!!! Clearly lying. So, would you say something to someone!???

Indith Mon 04-Mar-13 13:42:38

There is a picture on my local FB page of a police van in a parent and child space <<throws cat among pigeons>>

Pobblewhohasnotoes Mon 04-Mar-13 13:49:13

I like p&c spaces purely because it's easier to get DS out the car. It's not easy in a normal space if someone has parked too close and you can't get the door open. So if one is free, then great.

Parking in them if you don't have a child is surely just inconsiderate. If I didn't have DS with me I'd park elsewhere.

And for all these people saying, well why not just park at the end of the car park where it's empty. Well, why don't you do that. Surely by parking in a p&c space when you don't need one is just lazy, and selfish.

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 14:00:26

I think the point people are making, though, Pobble, is that while extra wide spaces may be required by parents, lobbying to also have them at the door of the supermarket thereby making those spaces inaccessible to other shoppers who might have an equally valid reason for wanting to park there, is a tiny bit selfish.

MrsDeVere Mon 04-Mar-13 14:16:19

indith I once went an bollocked a van full of police who were parked across three blue badge spaces because they were using the cashpoint.

DD thought it was hilarious.

There is a picture on my local FB page of a police van in a parent and child space <<throws cat among pigeons>>

Well, they do say that the policemen are getting younger, Indith! grin

Pobblewhohasnotoes Mon 04-Mar-13 15:53:51

atthewelles Mon 04-Mar-13 14:00:26
I think the point people are making, though, Pobble, is that while extra wide spaces may be required by parents, lobbying to also have them at the door of the supermarket thereby making those spaces inaccessible to other shoppers who might have an equally valid reason for wanting to park there, is a tiny bit selfish

I do see your point. P&c spaces don't need to be at the store entrance, it's just a nice thing if they are. If I go to ikea the p&c spaces are about halfway up the carpark. Hence probably why you're more likely to get one. Lobbying so that the spaces are at the front is extreme, I agree that other people less mobile need spaces at the front of the shop.

I use them for the space to get DS out, like I said. Else I have to put the pram behind the car which isn't as safe. I get annoyed with anyone using a disabled space without a blue badge too, it's all purely a lack of consideration for anyone other than yourself. People should be less selfish, really.

MrsFruitcake Mon 04-Mar-13 16:07:57

I used to be bothered about this sort of thing but now I just let it wash over me. I've come to the conclusion that most people are idiots with no manners and only a thought for themselves. Sad, but true.

CheeseandPickledOnion Mon 11-Mar-13 15:29:23

Allthewellies is right, its the entitlement which is frustrating. People managed for years without them. You don't need them. It is not a lifelong entitlement.

Over is still clearly frustrated that I dared to park in one for 2 minutes while accessing the cash point. It's that level of entitlement that pisses me off.

I would never usually use one. I wouldn't use one with my 7 yr old DSS.

But it's not a crime if I did. If every other single car park space was taken, should I have to turn around and go home and not shop because there is only a P&C space left?

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