I love that someone is finally raising awareness about this issue, I am fed of seeing inconsiderate people taking disabled people’s parking spots because they’re closer or there aren’t any spots available. The Arabic text on the bus translates to “Their place is for them”, indirectly saying it’s not for you. You can read my story when I fought people to stop parking on the disabled parking spot.
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.
It’s one thing to park and take two parking spots and another to park and take two parking spots that were designated for the disabled. I could only assume the guy was mentally disabled but then again, he wouldn’t have had a licence if that was the case. I’m hoping the next generation will have greater awareness on these issues.