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Parent and child parking! 12 and 9 year old?!

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AnySecondNow Sat 18-Feb-17 15:30:40

Just had a row with a woman in Tesco car park. I waited 15 minutes for parking - have to carry a fairly solid 6 month old to the shop (post cesarean - still not 100%!)

Anyway, this family were parked in child and parent bay with a 12 year old and a 9 year old. Both very capable of walking and opening doors! I commented that she was rude to park there, she said she was entitled to. Then her husband complained about me to the management!!!

Wtf!? Ainu??! Parent and child surely means young child that needs assistance??!

LindyHemming Sat 18-Feb-17 15:31:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

000SARA000 Sat 18-Feb-17 15:32:12

Well that's my cue to get comfy....

NeedsAsockamnesty Sat 18-Feb-17 15:32:20

No most of them mean up to 12. They say it on the signs.

You also don't know that the children were more than capable nor do you know if the mother had some type of valid need.

Get a grip and stop accosting people in car parks

OurBlanche Sat 18-Feb-17 15:32:28

YABU... I can see why, but, unless there are clearly posted age limits and parking police... she is as entitled to park there as you would have been, had there been another space!

PavlovianLunge Sat 18-Feb-17 15:33:51

Surely P&C spaces are intended for people having to juggle car seats, buggies or whatever, and for people with younger children? Hidden issues aside, I'd say the other parents were BU.

ProfYaffle Sat 18-Feb-17 15:33:53

My dc are 12 and 9, it's been years since I've used a p&c space, supermarkets here seem to specify under 5s.

barinatxe Sat 18-Feb-17 15:34:18

YABU. When did a nine-year-old stop being a "child"? If the bay is marked "parent and children under 6" then you might have a point, but if it just says "parent and child" then they are within their rights to park there.

DogMama89 Sat 18-Feb-17 15:34:26

Unless they were SN they were bu. -Shamefully my Dad parked with me in a parent and child in M&S not to long ago. I'm 23 angry I was livid


EweAreHere Sat 18-Feb-17 15:34:53

Able bodied, non-sen 12 and 9 year olds don't need them, no.

But, at the same time, I think people with disabled placards should be able to use them without being harassed if they're close to the front of the store and all the disabled places are taken (which does happen at our nearby superstore). Others may disagree, but I think it's sensible.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sat 18-Feb-17 15:35:22

Ok I'll be the first one to point out - p&c spaces are not a legal right, they're just a ploy used by supermarkets to entice more people to shop there. Anyone can use them and no one has the right to call them on it.

ShowMePotatoSalad Sat 18-Feb-17 15:36:04

Well she is entitled. Parent and child. She is a parent they are the children. There aren't any rules that say you take precedence because you have a 6 month old. She wouldn't know the circumstances of your c section.

I know it's shitty but surely knowing the rules means you cant really have a go at her. If you were abusive then she was right to report you to the management. Sorry, OP.

NavyandWhite Sat 18-Feb-17 15:36:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 18-Feb-17 15:36:19

I have popcorn!

OurBlanche Sat 18-Feb-17 15:37:19

The big supermarkets all say under 12... I have just googled them!

8misskitty8 Sat 18-Feb-17 15:37:38

I can see why you are a bit annoyed but :-

How do you know that was their ages ?
You could have Put your 6 month old in a trolley, you didn't need to carry him.
Instead of waiting 15mins, why didn't you just park slightly further away and as before, put the 6mth old in a trolley. ?
Parent and child spaces are not legally enforceable so basically anyone can use them. (Yes annoying if people in sports cars without kids park in them but nothing you can do about it )

ArchNotImpudent Sat 18-Feb-17 15:37:47

Tesco's spokesperson in this article specified 'primary aged' so that would cover a 9 year old.

EweAreHere Sat 18-Feb-17 15:38:27

I've seen malls where they clearly say 5 and under.

dementedpixie Sat 18-Feb-17 15:38:34

The ones near me say 12 too. I stopped parking in them once mine were out of car seats though.

CheeseCakeSunflowers Sat 18-Feb-17 15:38:39

My local supermarket (Tesco) states 12 and under on the P & C parking spaces. I've thought it daft, under 6 would make much more sense. Maybe make a suggestion to the shop to lower it if the rule there is 12.

000SARA000 Sat 18-Feb-17 15:39:23

Your dh was with you and you waited 15minutes for a p and c spot?

Why didn't you park further away, one of you get a trolley for the baby and walk into store? If it's such an issue carrying a six month old then you should probably be getting your shopping delivered rather than walking round the supermarket on the busiest day of the week.

She is also entitled (like anyone else) to park there.

What if a mum turned up with a five month old and you had parked in a space she was waiting for? Would you expect her to shout at you?

I hope you're fully better soon

diddl Sat 18-Feb-17 15:40:29

Seems unnecessary to me, although they're not actually in the wrong, are they?

OurBlanche Sat 18-Feb-17 15:40:57

They launched an App in October.... under 12s, which is much the same as Primary, toddlers etc.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 18-Feb-17 15:41:16

I think she was within her right to park there, even if her kids were older.

As above; how did you know their ages?

dementedpixie Sat 18-Feb-17 15:41:56

OP never said her dh was with her

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