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To park in a Parent / Child spot with a child seat but no child in your car is wrong.

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sushipaws Thu 09-Aug-07 16:10:05

Ok, so I was driving into Asda and as usual the car park is rammed. I'm not the best of drivers, I like a big spot so I can squeeze in the volvo and unpack the buggy.

I see a space in the parent and child area, hoorah Then this little car nips in and as I drive past a woman hops out and even though there's a child seat there is no child. "Oi" I shout out my window "thats a child place" she just locks her car and runs away.

It took me about 15 minutes to find another spot and even though I headed up each supermarket aisle ready to pounce on the selfish woman, I didn't find her.


kyala Thu 09-Aug-07 16:15:25

My mum did this a while back (being the offender) and she saw nothing wrong with it either, these people are mental and think they should be able to park wherever they want just cos they have proof that they have a child, even though the child isn't with them.

Not that I have any place to talk as I don't drive but I guess it's the same with people who take up the space on the bus for pushchairs/wheelchairs and don't move when I get on (heavily pregnant and struggling right in front of them to put the pushchair donw, with DD screaming at my side :P )

I'd've gone back to her car and scratched the paint, but then I'm a very quickly angered person right now with all the hormones and what not (and this would've given me a perfect excuse to do it too )

tiredemma Thu 09-Aug-07 16:16:04

Oh god.

please no.

100 posts i bet in 10 mins...

kyala Thu 09-Aug-07 16:16:07

Also you can report these people on your way into the supermarket and they get security to be there when they come out/leave a note etc

crokky Thu 09-Aug-07 16:19:18

It's definately wrong, just another example of a person who cares for nobody but themselves.

Sheherazadethegoat Thu 09-Aug-07 16:20:06

tiredmamma just got alot tireder!

Piffle Thu 09-Aug-07 16:21:06

I think that it is about time the UK revised the gun laws so we could sort out these serial offenders properly.

Rumpel Thu 09-Aug-07 16:21:12

Grrrr - slash their tyres!

flowerybeanbag Thu 09-Aug-07 16:21:44

rofl piffle!

Sheherazadethegoat Thu 09-Aug-07 16:22:39

or enormous trap doors with sensors that detect if anyone under teh age of 3 is in the car if not - into the crocodile pit for you!

tiredemma Thu 09-Aug-07 16:22:52

Can I just ask- Is it really so difficult to get out of a car if you are not on a Parent and child bay?

FioFio Thu 09-Aug-07 16:24:01

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Piffle Thu 09-Aug-07 16:25:06

I have 3 kids, dd is actually severely visually impaired and has a blue badge and ds2 is 4 mths, yet I leave P+T spaces and disbaled spaces for those who really need them...

Sheherazadethegoat Thu 09-Aug-07 16:25:08

god fio i couldn't even drive at 8 1/2 months.

HappyDaddy Thu 09-Aug-07 16:25:59

Oh come on, it's hardly a hanging offence is it? If you'd scratched my car cos I wasn't parked as you liked, I'd be very pissed off.

NoBiggy Thu 09-Aug-07 16:28:53

One time I met dp in town (didn't know he was going shopping too). He took DD and I went home.

I thought as I drove out of the P&C spot "this must look bad".

What irritated me one time, was arriving at Sainsbury's and not being able to use one of their trolleys with the little baby seat (the lying down one). While shopping, saw a woman proudly transporting a loaf of bread in one.

kyala Thu 09-Aug-07 16:29:46

It's great that you guys are good enough to leave P+T and disabled spaces for those more needy (noble in fact, in this day and age), but if it's pooring down with rain, or you have a boisterous child etc to deal with it would be nice for those who don't need to use the spaces to not use them and give those who do need them the chance!

It's just plain annoying that she wasn't even given the choice, don't you think?!

kyala Thu 09-Aug-07 16:32:31

happydaddy: depends on why you'd be parking in a space allocated for those less able to use the smaller spaces though?! It's just plain selfish and inconsiderate, it would be nice if someone in this world would think of someone other than themselves!

I'm sure you'd be annoyed if this was done to you and put you out in a similar way?

shergar Thu 09-Aug-07 16:32:52

tiredemma - YES IT IS! You try manoeuvering a baby seat out of the car door in the normal, packed-together-like-sardines bit of the carpark. You need to get the doors fully open, for which you need a wider bay. Plus in the parent/child bays you get a safe path to walk to the front of the shop with your marauding toddler too. It's just not as safe to try to safely marshall an unpredictable small person across a large carpark otherwise, particularly not if you're also trying to struggle with said baby in their carseat (and on the way back, all the shopping too). I used to wonder why parents needed their own spaces once upon a time, but now it's absolutely crystal clear.

ledodgy Thu 09-Aug-07 16:33:24

I can understand the outrage at someone illegally parked in a disabled space but someone parking in a P&T space who didn't have a child with them no matter how hard I try doesn't really get my goat.

If you aren't the best of drivers and like to park in a wide space maybe a Volvo wasn't the best choice of car?

ledodgy Thu 09-Aug-07 16:35:00

Shergar TiredEmma has 2 children so I think she probably has at some point taken a baby seat and baby out of the car!

tortoiseSHELL Thu 09-Aug-07 16:35:28

Goodness knows how our parents managed before there were dedicated spaces

shergar Thu 09-Aug-07 16:36:15

Well she's a better contortionist than I am, ledodgy. And one who's more tolerant of risk too.

tiredemma Thu 09-Aug-07 16:37:37

Im not a contortionist.

nomdeplume Thu 09-Aug-07 16:39:27

As loads of others have said, parent and child bays are not legally enforcable (unlike disabled bays). However, criminal damage in form of car keying IS legally enforcable.

Yes, people who use P&T without kids or worse people with kids where only one parent gets out to shop and the rest of the family stay in the car do grate on me, but keying the car is not a reasonable response....

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