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    I was clambering into my car and watched a man pull into one of the long spaces for HC vans. I watched him jauntily stroll off. I lost it. I hollered "Hey, you can't park there!" "What?" "That is just NOT COOL!" He saunters back over. Says "This is not a handicapped space. There's no sign." I said "Dude! You're STANDING on it!" And he was. Right on the painted wheelchair. He grumbled, slunk off and left. Probably to circle the parking lot until I was gone. So he could park in my handicapped spot...


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    #2
    I cant believe how inconsiderate some people can be. When I was a/b I never thought of taking one of those spots. At least this time he came back and moved.


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    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO' what a ride!"

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      #3
      A couple months ago I got someone a ticket for illegally parking in a handicap spot for the first time in my 10 years as a gimp. It was right outside my apartment...I never park there and don't usually care if people do cuz I have my own covered parking. But I knew it was my neighbors van who moved in above me a couple months before and had been inconsiderately keeping me awake making too much noise [img]/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif[/img]...so I saw my opportunity to get some payback and called the pigs, 20 minutes later two cop cars rolled up and slapped her ass with a fat ticket [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] I slept well that night knowing she was gonna have to pay a big fine all because I decided to be an a$$hole.[img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

      About a year before my accident I actually got a ticket for parking in one...I was 17 at the time and at a pool hall at like 12am and was just stopping by for a lil bit to see some friends there. There were like 7 handicap spaces and not 1 was taken...I know I shouldn't have parked there but I couldn't imagine 7 gimps all of a sudden showing up to play pool, especially at 12am. But I actually use to park in them all the time...like when stopping to use a pay phone real quick, hell I remember doing that just hours before my accident! So I'm able to see myself in these punk teenagers who I see doing the same thing today. Maybe Karma will get them too. [img]/forum/images/smilies/confused.gif[/img] I'm a lot more annoyed when I see adults parking in them illegally.

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        #4
        It's not just ABs who don't get that those sideways, long as an ark spaces are for HC vans. The Walmart nearish me had to paint VAN on the pavement cause the spaces were being (half) taken up by lil cars with placards. [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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          #5
          & the term "van" doesn't seem to have much meaning for many people from what i've seen.

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            #6
            So many times I find myself at wal-mart looking at those little cars in the long HC spots for vans...It burns my Butt!

            "The Meaning of things lies not in things themselves,but in our attitude towards them"
            "The Meaning of things lies not in things themselves,but in our attitude towards them"

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              #7
              Uh oh. [img]/forum/images/smilies/redface.gif[/img]

              I have to admit that there are times that I park in the Van handi-gimp zones with my regular ole placard.

              What is the etiquitte for that? I usually do it when there are only a few handi-gimp parking spaces and they are full except the van parking.

              I feel like a jerk but, I find myself reasoning that:

              1. It's available
              2. I have a placard
              3. There is technically no law against it if I have a placard since there is no placard for the van parking.
              4. It is better than having to walk from the far end of the lot.

              I can't be the only one who has this parking lot space angst. Thoughts?

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                #8
                Handicapped parking is what aggravates me most!

                What does a quadriplegic do who drives by himself and has to park in a normal spot or "car" handicap spot and then can't get into his van because somebody parked next to him?

                Before my accident, I never parked in a handicap spot. People that do are just plain old lazy.

                I think the whole system needs to be revamped.

                -Lewis
                C5 injury with partial C6 function on left.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by AngelaandKC:

                  3. There is technically no law against it if I have a placard since there is no placard for the van parking.
                  I believe you are wrong. In my town you can get ticketed if you are a car in a van spot. Regardless of whether you have a placard or not.

                  -Lewis
                  C5 injury with partial C6 function on left.

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                    #10
                    Somebody said the Magic word "Walk"

                    "The Meaning of things lies not in things themselves,but in our attitude towards them"
                    "The Meaning of things lies not in things themselves,but in our attitude towards them"

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                      #11
                      I don't have SCI.

                      I *never* park for *any* reason in a handicap spot. More: when I notice someone -absolutely abled bodied- that park in those reserved space with any right to do it, I turn them out of position the right external mirror [img]/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif[/img]

                      ~Fab~

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                        #12
                        We don't have exclusive van parking here, just parking places with lines marked off on one side. I don't necessarily have to have a handicapped place. I don't mind walking a long distance from the parking lot to wherever I'm going. All I require is enough room to get my door open all of the way, so sometimes I do have to take up a space where there are lines on the side.

                        Bethany, way to tell that guy what for! I was cracking up!! [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] I was at the mall the other day going back to my car and a woman was leaving her vehicle she had parked in a HC place. She was about 30 or so, pushing a double strolling with 2 small kids in it. I was thinking to myself, "Ok, which one of you three is the disabled one??" I made eye contact with her and she quickly looked down. Fishy [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] Oh well.

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                          #13
                          Stiggy~

                          If your reply was in reference to my comments, I guess my comment back would be to not judge until you are in the other person's shoes.

                          It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy for me to get around. Yes, I am not in a chair, but I don't think that that should make any difference. There are even times that I get so frustrated by how tired I am that I want to say shove it and grab my chair, cause it would certainly, at least for me, conserve energy. How much fun do you think it is to be going out somewhere to have fun, only to be exhasted by the time I get there and have to spend the next 30 minutes getting back enough energy to focus on why I came?

                          So "walk" or not, I wouldn't be so quick to judge. . .

                          Angela

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AngelaandKC:

                            How much fun do you think it is to be going out somewhere to have fun, only to be exhasted by the time I get there and have to spend the next 30 minutes getting back enough energy to focus on why I came?
                            A LOT more fun than not having the option to walk. You can have my power chair anytime you want it...

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by cjo:

                              Originally posted by AngelaandKC:
                              How much fun do you think it is to be going out somewhere to have fun, only to be exhasted by the time I get there and have to spend the next 30 minutes getting back enough energy to focus on why I came?
                              A _LOT_ more fun than not having the option to walk. You can have my power chair anytime you want it...
                              Oh, very nice and tolerant- your mother would be proud I'm sure. So, should I start a thread on who's more deserving of the closest parking spot- someone who can barely walk, or someone who uses a powerchair? How about- do people who've been injured through their own bad judgement and stupidity deserve to be sneered at, while those who were injured by someone else's stupidity are elevated to 'super-crip' status? Or, if you have a congenital injury, you're better/worse off than someone injured after they became an adult? Do paras have it made cause they don't have to go through all the rigamarole that quads do? But gee, a quad just sits there and has an aide do all the work, while a para does their own transfers. Yeah, I can see some of you are having so much fun dealing with your injuries. [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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