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    Are you one of those jerkbags...

    ...that parks in handicapped spaces, even though you aren't handicapped?

    I saw a guy this evening at the grocery store. He walked in while I was in line and walked out right after me. Absolutely nothing wrong with the dude.

    I walk outside and there's a silver Xterra parked in the handicapped spot closest to the door. I parked three spots down in the first normal spot -- there are two handicapped and one senior citizen spots on each side of the store side of each row.

    As he walked around to get into his car, I just looked at him and said "funny, you don't look handicapped." He gave me the stinkeye and then blew out of the parking lot without stopping or using a blinker.

    I personally feel these people are the scum of the Earth. And so, I guess by association, if you park in handicapped spots when you aren't handicapped, I also think you are the scum of the Earth.

    And though senior citizen spots aren't legally enforceable like handicapped spots, it still pisses me off when I see some dumb young douchebag park in one. What the hell goes on in the minds of these people? Is that spot a couple further away from the store going to make or break your day?

    I also have a special place in my heart for those parking lot vultures that will waste 10 minutes and gas cruising up and down rows looking for the absolute closest spot when they could have pulled in near the back and walked into the store in two.

    /rant /rave /rant

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    We've compiled the information you need to obtain a handicapped parking permit. Check below for your state's requirements.
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    Michigan:
    A qualifying disability is defined under Michigan law as either blindness or any condition that significantly limits a person's ability to walk or requires a wheelchair, walker, crutch or other assistive device.

    So lung disease or arthritis would quailfy... Odds are the guy you saw was a jerk, but not all people have visible signs..
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    I,actually, call the police or the "Rent a Cop" for the parking lot. I've come close to letting the air out a tire or two or stuffing something up the exhaust pipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whir View Post
    What the hell goes on in the minds of these people? Is that spot a couple further away from the store going to make or break your day?

    I also have a special place in my heart for those parking lot vultures that will waste 10 minutes and gas cruising up and down rows looking for the absolute closest spot when they could have pulled in near the back and walked into the store in two.

    /rant /rave /rant
    Probably:

    "Well, no one is using this space anyway, I won't be but a minute"

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    "There are three empty spots here, I will use one for just long enough to get milk, eggs, and some bread."

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    "It really is to long of a walk to go to the 3rd parking space. I will just park here!"

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    I had to park close to the door so I could fill my trailer and back of my big F-150 truck up with groceries!
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    I've gone so far as to make people move. The biggest thing I see is a "care giver" using a decal when the person that was issued it is not with them. And before you say that if they have a decal , they can park there, it is against the law here to do that without the handicapped person present.

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    I'm reminded of Dennis Leary's song, I'm an Asshole.
    I park in handicap spaces while handicapped people make handicapped faces.
    I'm an Asshole.
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    This does happen but, sometimes a persons disability is not that visible. I guess what I'm saying is just because someone looks like they are ok, doesn't necessarily mean it's so. My wife has severe arthritis to the point of needing knee replacements. She does not limp and from just looking at her you would never suspect a problem. She can walk short distances without much problems but, any extended walking and she'll be in pain for the rest of the day. Bottom line, you can't judge a disability on looks alone.
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    I do see a lot of people nimble as a lamb, but using a spouses placard and parking in the HC spaces. Typical "takers".
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    Actually, what irritates me even more than the folks who park in the HC spaces is the people who drop off their spouse in the fire/loading zone along the front of the store and then idle there until the person has finished shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thephilosophizer View Post
    I'm reminded of Dennis Leary's song, I'm an Asshole.
    I park in handicap spaces while handicapped people make handicapped faces.
    I'm an Asshole.
    Love that song.

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    Even when I had a Handicapped placard, I typically didn't use the Handicapped spaces.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cajunheat View Post
    This does happen but, sometimes a persons disability is not that visible. I guess what I'm saying is just because someone looks like they are ok, doesn't necessarily mean it's so. My wife has severe arthritis to the point of needing knee replacements. She does not limp and from just looking at her you would never suspect a problem. She can walk short distances without much problems but, any extended walking and she'll be in pain for the rest of the day. Bottom line, you can't judge a disability on looks alone.
    Agreed.

    In fact, I was driving my mom around who by looking at her you could barely tell she had a handicapped plate. But she actually has to go in for back surgery, and on top of that, many years ago had a mini stroke. This said, she can walk short distances, but needs a cane otherwise as she will be in great pain if she didnt use one.

    On that note, I actually had some idiot try to curse us out screaming she wasn't handicapped. In which I promptly handled the situation by making him feel stupid, quite loudly. Needless to say he shut his mouth and got back in the car. No violence needed, no cops called.

    This said, it was quite disheartening to see that people so easily jump to that conclusion.

    I would never assume someone, especially one with a handicapped plate AND placcard was not disabled simply because she appeared ok.

    For that matter, unless I have proof there is no placard or plate, I don't even bother to shake my head, as you just don't know.
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    I hate to say bad things about the dead, but,
    Steve Jobs regularly parked in handicapped spaces, because he didn't like being told what to do.

    He also drove his Mercedes, unregistered.

    Now that's a Jerkbag.
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    I would reserve judgement. I have a friend who lost his leg from the just below the knee. With his new prosthetic leg, he appears to walk normally. If he is wearing pants, now he looks perfectly normal to all, but he needs to keep the distances he walks down because it causes him pain.
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    I would never assume someone, especially one with a handicapped plate AND placcard was not disabled simply because she appeared ok.

    For that matter, unless I have proof there is no placard or plate, I don't even bother to shake my head, as you just don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whir View Post
    ...that parks in handicapped spaces, even though you aren't handicapped?

    I saw a guy this evening at the grocery store. He walked in while I was in line and walked out right after me. Absolutely nothing wrong with the dude.

    I walk outside and there's a silver Xterra parked in the handicapped spot closest to the door. I parked three spots down in the first normal spot -- there are two handicapped and one senior citizen spots on each side of the store side of each row.

    As he walked around to get into his car, I just looked at him and said "funny, you don't look handicapped." He gave me the stinkeye and then blew out of the parking lot without stopping or using a blinker.

    I personally feel these people are the scum of the Earth. And so, I guess by association, if you park in handicapped spots when you aren't handicapped, I also think you are the scum of the Earth.

    And though senior citizen spots aren't legally enforceable like handicapped spots, it still pisses me off when I see some dumb young douchebag park in one. What the hell goes on in the minds of these people? Is that spot a couple further away from the store going to make or break your day?

    I also have a special place in my heart for those parking lot vultures that will waste 10 minutes and gas cruising up and down rows looking for the absolute closest spot when they could have pulled in near the back and walked into the store in two.

    /rant /rave /rant
    That's too many assumptions for me to make to not just let the Karma Police sort it out. The scales will balance.

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    No assumptions made. I checked the vehicle for tags while I was walking by. There were none.

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    Illegitimately park in a handicap spot and this could happen to you...
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