Thought I’d share my experience when I got so fed up of seeing non-disabled people parking at the supermarket’s disabled parking spot few days ago. The experience was insightful, in a good and a bad way. It was sad to see how frequently people parked there and good to see they knew what they were doing was wrong after being confronted.
I was heading to my car when I saw a girl get in the parking spot in the photo above, I stood infront of the pole and pointed at the logo. She politely left the spot and I went inside the mall to get a few things from the shop. Few minutes later I come back to see an Indian driver parked there.
The driver wasn’t disabled either, he left the car and looked in a hurry. I confronted him about his mistake and he was quick to admit he knew it was wrong but he was in a hurry and wouldn’t take more than a few minutes to leave. His mentality of the situation is wrong and it’s shared by many, it’s not about how long you take to leave, it’s about you parking in a designated spot that is not for you, regardless of whether you need a minute or an hour to finish your task, it’s simply wrong to park there.
After a few minutes of arguing he gave me a pissed off face, said something I couldn’t hear and went inside the car to park somewhere else. Right after he left an old lady parked in that spot and she looked fine, there was no disabled sticker on the window that I could spot.
Keep in mind all of this happened in less than 10 minutes. At first I thought it’s an old lady and I’d probably get in trouble giving her orders but then I thought she is no different from everyone else, no one is above the law. So from my car window which was next to her car I told her this was a parking spot for the disabled.
She stared at me for a moment and started approaching, at that point I was expecting hell to break loose. Fortunately it didn’t, she started telling me how she normally is against what she did and how she confronts those that do this. Then she asked me if I was about to leave, I said yes and she offered to take my spot instead; since it was right next to her spot.
So I reversed my car, gave her my spot and left. The moment she left that disabled parking spot another car went in. It’s unbelievable the amount of people that have no sense of decency or respect to their fellow disabled friends, let alone abide the law when no one is watching. I do hope from the actions I took would encourage the old lady to do the same and politely tell the person that parked he was wrong and should move.