I'm so frustrated!!!! Most of you guys know that my middle son is handicapped - his legs never developed right and they're really small, and he has bad scoliosis. He uses an electric scooter to get around, and we have a handicap placard so we can use the handicap parking spaces - they give us room to use our lift and to drive the scooter to the side of the car so I don't have to lift my 100+ pound son from the side of the car to the back, and it lets him not have to go behind the parked cars where it's dangerous because he's low and they can't see him well.
SO - last year, we always got this one handicapped parking space that was right up front. This year, there are some more people with handicaps, so we usually don't get that one, but we get one a few rows down.
That is, if there are no able-bodied people taking them... *fume*
The absolute WORST offender is this lady in an expensive green Jaguar (this is not a usual car - it's by far the most expensive car in the lot). Pretty much every day she takes a handicapped spot and does NOT have a handicap placard (unless she keeps it in the glove box and never shows it yeah right ) So today, we're a little later than usual - still on time, but a little later than usual - there is only ONE handicap spot left - I have my placard hanging from my rear-view mirror and I'm coming towards the one spot from one side, then I see her coming from the other side - and she zips into the handicapped spot!!!!
There are now NO handicapped spots left. At this point, I pull up past her and put it in park and start unloading in the parking aisle, hoping that maybe she'll finally realize, when she sees me use the lift and drive the scooter to the side of the car, that YES, THERE IS A REASON FOR HANDICAPPED PARKING SPACES FOR HANDICAPPED PEOPLE! I get the kids safely off and decide this is it - I'm going to politely ask her to PLEASE not take the handicapped spaces when she's not handicapped. I step towards her car and wait for her to back out, where she'll have to go right by me and I can flag her down - and she snivels out the front! (squeezing by the concrete parking block thing).
I don't like those militant handicap activists that will shut down a mom-and-pop restaurant if they can't afford to put in a ramp, but this is different - a completely able-bodied adult who continually takes advantage of all the other able-bodied people at school by doing something illegal, and continually takes advantage of all the handicapped people who live day in and day out with pain, difficulties, and danger, and to whom that handicapped parking spot is a real help in a hard life.
What should I do? My husband thinks I should write a letter and politely give it to her, starting with something like "Please stop and consider what you are teaching your kids when you continually break the law and take advantage of handicapped people by parking illegally in the handicapped spots". I think that's a good idea, because I really don't want to turn her off from handicapped people.
Or maybe I should just slash her tires?
Anyway, I needed to vent.
Rian, you and your husband are too kind.
I would inform the school administration that this is going on and maybe the principal can get his or her butt out there before school and intervene. I would record that parent's thoughtless behavior with a camcorder or a cell phone prior to complaining. I don't think a private letter means anything to a jerk. She is in violation of the law and her compliance will cause her no hardship as there are far more parking places from which to choose. Now, if I was Bruce Almighty, I would flip her car on its top and depending on my mood maybe with her in it but then again, that's probably because I'm on the dark side!