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happymerryberries Fri 13-May-05 17:29:13

Don't agree with the use of the word handicapped

But love this

every one should have one

coppertop Fri 13-May-05 18:11:46

PMSL! I wish someone would add that to the parking spaces for the disabled.

chonky Fri 13-May-05 18:13:48

Me too!

SoupDragon Fri 13-May-05 18:57:59

Make up some stickers with that on to stick on incorrectly parked non-blue-badge cars.

Alannah Sun 15-May-05 22:34:43

I completely agree with the other posts, but one thing perplexes me about disabled parking in supermarkets. At my local supermarket there are at least twice as many disabled parking spaces as there are mother and baby spaces. Why is this, surely there are many more mothers with kids trying to shop than people with disabilities? I'm not for a minute suggesting that these are not needed, I'm just wondering if there is a reason?

sparklymieow Sun 15-May-05 22:38:56

because 'disabled' effected all age ranges from 3-103!! and if you go to the shops you can be sure there ain't aany Disabled parking because some pratt has taken the last one. I counted 5 cars parked in Tesco's disabled bays without badges the other days.

lou33 Mon 16-May-05 09:03:04

I think, that legally the supermarkets have to give over a percentage of their car parking spaces for disabled spaces , but m&t are goodwill gestures.

Evesmama Mon 16-May-05 09:06:27

i agree alannah...they are always older people(pensioners) parking in m&t spaces at my local supermarket..its like well im not 'classed' as disabled but im older than you so i have a right!!!

baka Mon 16-May-05 09:24:19

I don't know - it's often very hard for people with mobility problems to get a blue badge and I'd rather the elderly without blue badges used m and t rather than disabled spots. A lot of the old people I see struggling out of cars in m and t-s do need the extra space to get out.

I've parked in m and t when all the disabled spots are taken- half filled by builders earting sandwiches I hasten to add. I tend to think m and t - should be renamed restricted mobility spots or something.- or should be positioned away from thestore entrance- bet you wouldn't get so many people filching them then- after all ma dn t's need big spaces to manouver in and out of the car.

hotmama Mon 16-May-05 09:25:31

In one of our local carparks there are shared spaces for disabled/parent and child - but there are some separate ones just for disabled drivers.

I personally think that the use of these spaces should be more heavily 'policed' and that obvious abusers should be clamped - I can't believe the arrogance of some users - I just want to have a can of spray paint on my car to spray w**** in BIG LETTERS! Feel calm now. [smile

beatie Wed 18-May-05 11:15:23

baka - I too would welcome parents and child parking spots that weren't so close to the supermarket entrance. All I need them for is the extra width, I am a fit 30 something woman with a child who will either be in a puchchair or in a trolley. I'm perfectly capable of walking 5 minutes to the shop. I just NEED the extra width to get DD in and out of the car. I get very disgruntled when non-parents park in parent and child spots so I can only imagine how much more infuriating it is when non-disabled people park in spots reserved for blue-badge holders.

Ona similar note - it never ceases to amaze me how many young, fit and healthy people use the lifts in shops and department stores. I didn't even know where the lifts were until I was 8 months pregnant!

lucyep Fri 20-May-05 12:12:57

beatie - it is infuriating when non-disabled people park in spots reserved for blue-badge holders. My daughter who is 5 has a disabled badge and what is EVEN MORE infuriating is when an old person shouts at you for parking in the disabled spaces! I've been told off on many occasions - even though we have a badge and a motability vehicle. I bet if I was a big burly bloke in a van they wouldn't shout lol!

Dannie Fri 20-May-05 12:21:10

There was a piece of academic research done about six or seven years ago into who parks in disabled spaces when they're not entitled. The researchers found they were something like twice as likely to have a criminal record or be wanted by the police as the people parking in regular spaces. There was an article in the Guardian which I sent to my (disabled) mum. So it's true, they really are scum.

Cam Fri 20-May-05 13:38:03

You'll be pleased to know Dannie that our big local Sainsbury now has parking wardens who issue a £40 fine ticket to any car illegally parked in the disabled bays.

Saw one on a beautiful navy blue jaguar sports car there yesterday (the driver of which obviously believes his ownership of a lovely car entitles him (?) to park where he (?) likes)

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