After struggling back to my car in the Sainsburys Haywards Heath car park today in the rain with two children and the shopping - I challenged a lady who had parked in the 'parent and child parking' without any kids in tow.
She kindly told me to 'f off you c***' - so I took matters into my own hands and blocked her in with my car. When asked to leave by Sainsburys' manager Claire, I was told this woman was collecting a child... so I agreed to leave as soon as she either apologsed for wrongly taking a space or emerged with a child.
Neither of these things happened and Sainsburys' called the police on me, who threatened to arrest me for breach of the peace and take my two kids into police care while I was taken to Crawley custody. Naturally not wanting to put my children through that, I went on my way.
I'm genuinely interested to know whether others think I was in the wrong or if anyone has taken matters into their own hands when people without children selfishly take up parent and child spaces and what the response was?
I also question whether Sainsburys were right to demonise me as the trouble maker when this woman not only broke their parking rules (which they said they could do nothing about as it was outsourced) and lied ot them about collecting this muthical child.
You really put your children through that? Over something so daft? The parent and child spaces are not enforceable so even if she was being an arse there is nothing you can do. It sounds like you caused a huge scene, sounds very embarrassing for you.
Is it really that much of a struggle to walk across a car park with your children? You know people don't melt in the rain right?
Okay I'm biting. What on earth of your business is it what this woman's situation was? Besides the point that they are a bloody courtesy and no more than a marketing tool, she could very well have been using the supermarket as a drop off/pick up point like my friend does with her ex husband?
You acted like a ninny. In front of your children. May you be stripped of your nectar points.
Well done OP! I have put notes on cars before but not actually caused an obstruction! I also have a blue badge. Last time I challenged a couple of springy fit and able blokes who parked in a blue badge space to protect their car paintwork I was threatened and laughed at. And I was nice about it to them too. Ah well..
I can understand the OP's frustration on this. It's not a case of getting wet in the rain - I'd happily park in the parent and child spaces if they were at the far end of the car park from the supermarket - it's a case of the normal spaces are quite narrow and can make it difficult for getting a child/car seat out without the car door hitting the car parked next to you. The parent and child spaces are wider and therefore make it easier for the parent/s. I saw two blokes pull into a parent and child space and I motioned to say 'where's your child?'. One of the blokes just waved his wallet at me saying 'I'm going to the cash machine'. Oh - well that makes it ok then! It's not something I've come across before - until I had my daughter as I never parked in those spaces when I didn't have a child, just as I would never park in a disabled space. I just wish people would be more considerate.
For some reason this is a ridiculous subject on mumsnet so this isn't going to go well...
But I've left notes on cars before, and got a woman a fine in a shopping centre car park.
As others have said, it's not about walking in the rain, I'd happily park at the very back of the carpark, it's difficult to get the car seat out without the doors being wide open, especially in smaller cars...
I agree its annoying, as Blue Badge holders we often struggle to park in a disabled bay as people use them just to pop to the cashpoint etc but i do think your behaviour was a bit OTT especially as you didn't even need the space. You had already parked and done your shopping and I can't believe that you had nothing better to do then to sit there waiting for an apology. Actually I can't even understand why you think she owed you an apology for doing something that was really none of your business as her actions didn't directly affect you in any way.