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Statgeek
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   Posted 12/27/2009 1:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Went to Walmart today.  I rarely go there because we have other stores and many of the people who frequent our Walmart are scary gross people.  But I needed something for my daughter and no stores had it.  I was pretty sore today and needed a disabled parking spot, but just as I got to the last one, a man zipped into the spot, jumped out of the car and practically ran into the store.  I did not see a plate or placard anywhere in or on his car.  I drove around some more and the spot next to him opened up.  So I checked his car and no placard or plate.  I wrote down his license plate number, but do not know if I can do anything with it. 
 
I know some of us have had trouble with people saying stuff like "you don't look disabled."  But with the abuses I see here, I kind of appreciate people looking out for us.  I honestly don't think they all mean to be rude.  Some might actually be trying to be helpful.   Maybe from now on I will say, "thanks for being concerned that the disabled spots are left for those who are truly disabled.  yes, I am disabled and do need the spot."  (or something like that.) 
 
They are cracking down on people in nearby towns.  These are some of the abuses I have seen or heard about (besides the idiot guy today).  People park in the disabled spot, leave the disabled person in the car and run into the store themselves; people leave the disabled person at home and park in the spot anyway; people park their shopping carts in the cross hatch thingy meant for van ramps, etc.   I tend to be like a lot of you. If I don't need thespot, I will not use it.  And if there is a regular spot close by, I will save the disabled spot for someone else. 
 
Oh well.  that man made me really angry and I wished his car would get towed away.  I guess I ought to get off my soap box, now. 
 
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   Posted 12/27/2009 1:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Next time call 911. The police will ticket the car and the fine is pretty steep.

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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 12/27/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
If you got his info, then I would report it to the police. They need to know these things, otherwise they won't be able to do anything about it. I don't know what all they will do, but I would go to them with this info if I were you.
I have to admit that I am sometimes guilty of leaving my cart in the place for vans to open up.
I have a question. I see this happen all the time. You know how some places will have a handicap spot and then next to it is this huge blue section? I have seen people park there. I didn't think people could do that, but I see it happen all the time. I don't know if I should report it or just let it be. But it really bothers me. I admit that sometimes I will leave my cart right in the middle of that section so no one can park there. It is really a spot...you know what I mean?
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Sherrine
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   Posted 12/27/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, that man should have been reported.  I also see people parking in the fire lane and run in the store, too.  The police never seem to be there when you need them.
 
Parking in the blue section isn't allowed either.  It's not a parking space and odds are those people don't have handicapped parking either.  Those that do have handicapped parking are considerate of each other.  Also, if I'm heading into the store and see a cart left in the handicapped parking space, it take the cart in the store with me. 
 
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   Posted 12/28/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Do not call 911.  You will get a an earful.  911 is for emergencies only and they won't consider that an emergency.  You could even get in trouble for tying up the 911 lines when someone else has a real medical emergency.  Do get the number of the non-emergency police, sheriff or other law enforcement.  If they get enough calls from a certain area, they may patrol more frequently.
 
I am not opposed to confronting people and I do it all the time.  I think that if people paid a small "social fee" they perhaps might not do this again.  I leave the most horrible notes that tell them than rather than acting like an entitled child to be grateful they don't actually need that spot.  I do the same to people who park in the blue hash-lined area.  If we were all willing to police a bit, this would be less of a problem . 
 
People that do this are the worst sort of cowards.  Another option is to let the manager of the store know that "his store" has a chronic problem and you won't be able to shop there if those spots are not being enforced.  Managers can also put pressure on local law enforcement. 
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 12/28/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Gretchen, do you carry a notepad with you so that you can leave messages on people's cars? If you do, then that is interesting. I do agree about the 911 thing. You don't want to call 911 for something like that. You call the non-emergency number. The reason I leave carts in the big blue hash-lined area is so that people who want to park there are less likely to. I know that is not a real spot, so I try to deter people from parking there. It always annoys me that people who park there never seem to get ticketed.
A couple of times, I have gotten looks-bad ones-for parking in a handicap spot. Especially old people. If I see a closer spot, then I will park there instead of the handicap spot. But, with winter here, if there is no spot that is close other than the handicap spot, then I am going to park there. I have that right.
I might start carrying a small notepad with me to the stores, that way I can write down people's information and then report it to the police or the store manager. Also, I might leave some notes on people's cars. I like that you, Gretchen, are comfortable with confronting people. That has never been one of my strong suits.
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Statgeek
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   Posted 12/28/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if the store managers at Walmart or Winco would even care.  But it is worth a try.   As I said, the Walmart and Winco in our town tend to attract the most undesirable dregs of society type of people.  I stay away from Walmart, if possible.  But I can get twice the groceries at Winco, so shop there anyway.  I just try to go when no one else is there.
 
 Some cities are patrolling their meters because people without disabilities use placards to park at meters and not pay the meter fee.  The city was losing money.  The police are asking people to show them the paper they get from DMV.  Apparently there were a bunch of people who were not really disabled. 
 
When I was in a dance class for people with disabilities, we had a woman come and perform.  Her show is called Caterpillar Soup.  She fell out of a tree and was paralyzed.   She has no bladder control and has to pee on a schedule.  She said once she parked her van and tried to get out but a to-go cup was in the cross hatch and her van ramp would not go down completely.  She had to put the ramp back up, get back in the driver's seat, move the van, get back in the wheelchair, put the ramp back down . . .  And by then she had peed on herself.   I never thought that a small object like that could cause a wheelchair ramp not to work.  But sensors are probably there so a small child is not crushed. 
 
So, even if we mean well by putting carts there, the people with wheelchairs cannot get out of their vans when there is stuff in the way.   I think a lot of people are unaware what the cross hatches are for.  Or maybe they never thought about it.  If would be nice if somoene would do public service announcements or something like that.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
What a sad story about the woman in your dance class. I can just imagine her frustration.

When my last baby was younger, I certainly appreciated the expectant mothers/ new mothers parking spots. I didn't always use them, only when I was particularly tired. It always made me so angry to see some guy with no kids pulling into one of the spots. I mean, all you have to do is see that there are no car seats in the vehicle. I've lost spots liek that before when I could have really used them.
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   Posted 12/28/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't put my carts in the small hash-lined areas that are between the spots. But there is this big one on the end that can fit a big van in it, so I put the cart in the middle of that. There is still plenty of room for a person with a van with a ramp to be able to use that ramp. It just makes it so that a person is deterred from parking where they shouldn't.
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   Posted 12/28/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
They have 2 patrol cars here just looking for people that are not handicapped to take those spots and the tickets they get are expensive..I once had a placquered but gave it up as the stares I would get and I use a cane..My husband always puts the cart in the cart return, and I just go to the store for small errands(when I'm alone) so I don't get a cart...I wish they would put a dollar deposit on those carts....
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   Posted 12/28/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I've used my handicapped placard a lot more since winter came. I do worry that I'm taking the spot someone with a wheelchair needs. But if I fall on the ice (and there's a lot of it) I probably would be out of commission for a week. Diane
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Statgeek
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   Posted 12/28/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Diane, if you need the spot, do not worry about using it. It is there for people who need it, including you.

I just wish that some of the people who use the spots when they do not need them would have to live in one of our bodies for a week.

I also wish they had those patrol cars here. Mamanan, that must have been frustrating.
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