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to expect people not to park in Spaces for the disabled if they are not using them for the benefit of the Blue Badge holder?

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ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:23:44

Alopogies in advance, but this has really disappointed me and I want a unanimous AIBU as I know I am right.

At the Post Office earlier I saw I man I know park in the disabled bay nearest the shop and pop the blue badge on the dashboard. His passenger then got out and whizzed into the shop.

Surely the badge is there for the man to use when he gets out the car to make access easier for him. He could park further away or drop her off?

I just am so disappointed that someone with experience of the difficulties getting around would take up a spaxe which could be needed by someone less able.

AIBU to be saddened by his lack of consideration?

Paintingrainbowskies Wed 20-Mar-13 21:27:34

So the blue bag holder stayed in the car?

If so YANBU, my Gran has a blue badge and I was under the impression that she can't stay in the car if we are parked using the badge.

Sparklingbrook Wed 20-Mar-13 21:27:58

You are right. That is taking the piss. BUT you will be told that you have no idea whether the passenger is the Blue Badge Holder with an unseen disability.

If the Badge Holder was the driver YANBU.

Molehillmountain Wed 20-Mar-13 21:28:34

I don't begrudge him if he is the carer even though technically he's breaking the rules. Tough gig, caring, and if being able to pop to shop a bit quicker eased his day then good for him. If it was really quick then the space would be available again very soon

HollyBerryBush Wed 20-Mar-13 21:29:29

Unless you tell us why the man is disabled you don't know why he parked there - maybe the passenger ran in to get him a lucozade before he went into a diabetic coma, maybe not. maybe the passenger was running an errand for the car driver.

Any which way, he was legally parked so I don't think I could get all upset about it.

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:30:06

See, I know that blue badges can be used while on errands for the holder, I just would have assumed that when the Blue badge holders are not using them to make life that tiny bit easiier for themsleves, that they would think "oh, I don;t really need that space right next to the door, I'll leave it for someone who may need it as I know what a pain it is to have to struggle".

But maybe I am naive.

StarsAreFire Wed 20-Mar-13 21:30:19

Have my first biscuit

Sparklingbrook Wed 20-Mar-13 21:31:24

What happened before they invented Blue Badge spaces?

fouranddone Wed 20-Mar-13 21:32:28

A parking thread, posted in aibu on a boring Wednesday night. Hahahahahagrin

AMumInScotland Wed 20-Mar-13 21:32:44

If he was doing it so that he could get something vital from the shop and get the disabled person home again quickly, then I think it is morally acceptable. But if it didn't speed the shpping up particularly, or the disabled person had no real need for his to rush, then you're right.

Pickles101 Wed 20-Mar-13 21:33:05

Did you need the disabled space? If not, YABU.
You don't get to judge each situation as to whether it's worthy to use a blue badge. The passenger was given a blue badge. That's it. You don't get a say in how it is used.


WorraLiberty Wed 20-Mar-13 21:33:18

If it was the only disabled parking spot available then YANBU.

If there were others, then YABU and a bit picky.

MooMooSkit Wed 20-Mar-13 21:33:43

Yeah I would be. My Dad owns a blue badge for his car for ferrying my Nan around but he doesn't use it if my Nan isn't with her.

Sparklingbrook Wed 20-Mar-13 21:34:50

There is one Blue Badge space at our local Tesco Express. Or the 'nipping in I will only be a minute and don't hold a Blue Badge space' as it may as well be called. sad

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:35:19

2 Disabled spaces, but the way they are set out, the second one is najorly more inconvenient.

Why the biscuit? Seriously, why?

Sparklingbrook Wed 20-Mar-13 21:38:59

Because it's AIBU innit? People like to throw biscuits about on a Disabled bay parking thread.

nokidshere Wed 20-Mar-13 21:39:19

The badge should not be used if the person who holds it is,still in the car. I use one for my MIL she doesn't drive but can't get about without me. She cannot be left In the car whilst I run errands for her - its for me to park closer to where she needs to be.

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:40:44

Yup, SparklingB, without engaging a smidgeon of sense. sad

nokids, that's interesting, thanks.

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:42:23

"You don't get to judge each situation as to whether it's worthy to use a blue badge. The passenger was given a blue badge. That's it. You don't get a say in how it is used."

I'm not asking for a say in how it may be used. hmm

I'm expressing my surprise that someone with a disablity would do something that would potentially inconvenience another perosn with a disability.

Sparklingbrook Wed 20-Mar-13 21:43:38

I think it's a bit 'ooh a Blue Badge parking thread' I will give a biscuit because the Op is bound to be BU, even if they aren't CTR. Tis the MN way.

SPBInDisguise Wed 20-Mar-13 21:44:18

Confused. The driver was the blue badge holder surely?

Sparklingbrook Wed 20-Mar-13 21:44:27

Well can you kindly stop noticing things CTR? Just walk round with your eyes shut. wink

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:44:36

HollyBerry, the passenger went in with a parcel, came back out with a newspaper. I guess somesort af sugary item could have been in the pocket for diabetic relief (if that makes sense), but as far as I'm aware the driver isn;t diabetic.

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 20-Mar-13 21:45:23

Yup, SPB, he's a Blue badge holder. As far as I am awar e, the passenger isn't.

WorraLiberty Wed 20-Mar-13 21:45:32

There's every chance that as there was already another space available, he would have moved his car should two disabled people drive up at once.

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