Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dear Sir In The Honda Accord

You have illegally parked and stolen not one, but two handicapped parking spots. By parking in the bright yellow crossed out section of pavement you have blocked off the accessibility for anyone who needs to remove medical equipment from their vehicle. Those lines you so cleverly wedged your sedan into are there so disabled individuals have plenty of space to carefully remove their devises without hurting themselves, or others in the process.

Does it look like someone could even open their wheelchair accessible van door, let alone lower a wheelchair onto the pavement? The answer is no. Does it look like a patient could lug their 4 foot oxygen tank our of their door without hitting the side of your incorrectly parked car? The answer again is no.

You have taken away a day at the mall for two individuals who are now unable to park. The worst of all Sir, is that you yourself had a handicap placard hanging from your rear-view mirror. Knowing what these precious spots were for, and how much freedom they can bring to disabled individuals, you still chose to take park illegally.
Did you stop to think about those other cars already parked there? What if they had to wait out in the rain for you to return so they could get their equipment back in their vehicles; unable to simply leave the mall after a day which probably caused a good amount of fatigue because of your decision. I am disappointment that someone who claims to need an accessible stall chose to set such a bad example of those who wield handicap placards.

This kind of behavior is the reason why many of us are persecuted by society; why patients get talked down to, and accused of "faking it," even when they have a placard. Your wish for a spot closer to the mall entrance proved to everyone who saw your car parked on those yellow lines that handicap spots are abused, even by those who supposedly use them legally. Your negligence to follow simple parking guidelines encourages observers to judge those of use who actually need these parking stalls.
Next time sir, please be respectful, and try to think of the implications your choices have on others, and the message you are sending to onlookers.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. That is unbelievable. That's all I can find to type about this. The photo has left me wordless. Blech 🚫