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To be annoyed at people with no children taking up the mother and baby spaces

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AGivenNickname Tue 09-Apr-13 12:12:37

I popped to the local supermarket this morning to do a small shop with my DS2 (19 months). I was just about to park in a mum and baby space when some arsehole in a fiesta came around the opposite way and took it.

The bastard was on his own with no children or any sign of car seats. It may sound petty but it really winds me up when people do it - including friends of mine.

One friend often goes off shopping with a 21-year-old daughter and parks in them. Her reasoning is that her 21-year-old is and always will be her 'baby' so she has every right to use it.

SquirrelNuts Tue 09-Apr-13 16:49:52

They may not be an entitlement but they do make it a lot easier when you have babies and small children, my local tesco used to have them right out of the way so people didn't use them just because they were close to the door/ cash machine, we always got a space.

SauvignonBlanche Tue 09-Apr-13 16:38:27

I will leave them free when possible, but I don't treat them with the same absolute respect that I would treat a disabled space. They're a perk but they're not an entitlement

I agree, I used one yesterday for the first time in years and had left the DCs at home. DH is on crutches and can't hobble far. I wouldn't dream of using a blue badge space but felt quite justified in using a P&C one, (he is being pretty child-like ATM!).

arabesque Tue 09-Apr-13 16:25:32

I really wish some parents could get it into their heads that these spaces are a concession by the supermarket - they are not some kind of 'right' or 'entitlement'. Pratts who think it's okay to block people in, or loudly berate people for parking in them, or think other shoppers should simply go home if the only spaces available are P&C spaces and they don't have a child with them, really need to cop themselves on.

arabesque Tue 09-Apr-13 16:20:38

My oh has been known to block people in when they have parked in mum amd baby spaces - not that Id have the nerve. Quote

If he tried something stupid like that in my local shopping centre he'd be paged pretty damned quick to come and move his car.

infamouspoo Tue 09-Apr-13 16:02:20


crashdoll Tue 09-Apr-13 16:00:23

S'ok, all is forgiven infamouspoo, mostly because of your epic username. grin

infamouspoo Tue 09-Apr-13 15:54:47

really hate the term 'mental case'. Just saying.

Floggingmolly Tue 09-Apr-13 15:39:05

Does she still bring the 21 year old to baby groups too?

VisualiseAHorse Tue 09-Apr-13 15:38:57

It's to do with the space in between the cars, rather than how close they are to the shop.

When I was 9 months pregnant, several times I had to either get OH to re-park the car, or clamber over to his side to get out, because I couldn't open the door wide enough.

We once had to lift the baby's car seat over the back seat into the boot to get it out of the car, because there were no P&C spaces. A couple of times we had to take him out of the car seat when we didn't want to because the only way to get his seat out was to turn it upside down because we couldn't open the door wide enough. Thankfully there was two of us (one to hold the baby, the other to fight with the car seat).

Floggingmolly Tue 09-Apr-13 15:38:09

Your friend is a mental case. I hope you realise this.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Tue 09-Apr-13 15:33:29

They park in the Ambulance bays infamous grin

KirstyoffEastenders Tue 09-Apr-13 15:32:49

I do it blush

infamouspoo Tue 09-Apr-13 15:31:53

How do people manage in hospital car parks where there is no special parking then?

Viviennemary Tue 09-Apr-13 15:30:19

I can't see the point of parent and child parking spaces. They are nothing like disabled spaces. Why aren't parents and children capable of walking a few yards like everyone else.

thermalsinapril Tue 09-Apr-13 15:28:20


The other person may have some reason for using the space which you don't know about. So best to mind one's own business and leave it up to their own conscience.

Donnadoon Tue 09-Apr-13 15:26:32

mumweeboys you and oh sound disgraceful and should shop online instead.

infamouspoo Tue 09-Apr-13 15:23:27

sorry crashdoll. That wasnt your OH. Was someone else. Not enough coffee in my blood blush

infamouspoo Tue 09-Apr-13 15:22:35

really crashdoll? That would be illegal and if he did it to my friends very large wheelchair van I suspect she'd roll right over him.

crashdoll Tue 09-Apr-13 15:20:07

My oh has been known to block people in when they have parked in mum amd baby spaces - not that Id have the nerve.

Your OH sounds like a twat. They are not a right.

Calabria Tue 09-Apr-13 15:18:27

There's a big supermarket fairly near here that has the P&C parking spaces all along one side of the car park and next to a covered walkway. As I wasn't bothered by the walk but appreciated the extra width (crap at parking) I always aimed for the far end and always found a space. And not having to wrangling a toddler across the car park was a treat.

LovePickles Tue 09-Apr-13 15:16:50

Regarding my knitting vs crocheters comment. I used to hear a lot of knitters bashing crocheters because 1. It's easier 2. Takes less times 3. Inferior products.

I'm not good at either but I don't understand why others make out that their way is the right way because its an older practise or harder to do.

maddening Tue 09-Apr-13 15:11:00

Yanbu agree with cuddlydragon

LayMizzRarb Tue 09-Apr-13 15:08:01

Shitting hell! A thread that doesn't mention Margaret Thatcher......

HollyBerryBush Tue 09-Apr-13 15:07:03

I had a thought today, a revelation! a genius of an idea!

Parking spaces are about distance to the door because people are intrinsically lazy. It is imperative to your shopping expedition to avoid extra walking at all costs.

P&C places aren't about distance to the shop door, they are about width to allow parents to stick their backsides out at 45 degree angles whilst fighting with seat strap grin, much like a wheel chair user would need the extra space alongside a car to manoeuvre.

So! genius this is! If they put the P&C spaces at the back of the car park, no one in their right minds would want to park in them, because as we all know, having driven half way round the world to get to Sainsburys, it is very important to get as close to the door as possible!

Therefore by turning the car park round the other way, all the parents can have as much space as they want AND that extra walking will

(a) be a step to removing baby fat
(b) a second step to eradicating childhood obesity.


FWIW I always park at the back of the carpark
(a) because I am crap at parking and need several spaces to straighten up in
(b) no one parks there so I don't get random trolley scratches etc.
(c) the washy man can't be bothered to come and accost me

FuckThisShit Tue 09-Apr-13 15:00:01

Who cares.

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