I know you enjoy reading about the real stories of my life. Sometimes it’s good, great… you know,…SOLID! Like my life is most of the time. Other times it can be annoying and frustrating, then later, upon review brings my dark hilarity to a whole new level!
Yeah, so this happened…
Recently I decided to stop at a convenience store. As I pulled into the small parking lot there were 2 blue parking spots designated for disabled shoppers ( and one was in use.
Of course…just as I pulled into the parking lot a clean, all “snazzy” white Mercedes swooped in (diagonally of course) across the one open disabled spot and the blue lines next to it. The nondisabled, “placardless” gentleman exited his vehicle very slowly while looking intensely at his cell phone and leisurely strolled into the store. I don’t think this dude realized there was a population outside of himself and his phone. Oh, and by-the-way, there were literally 5 other OPEN spaces available where he could have legally parked his ride!. For giggles and grins in my annoyance, I put my placard up on my rearview mirror and backed into the spot directly across from him just to see how long he would take…AND in hopes that he might see how his decision had impacted another person. I tried to stay in gratitude mode thinking…
- “I am grateful that I have parking available most of the time.”
- “I am grateful that I am able to shop alone.”
- “I am grateful that I can drive”
Then it changed to…
- “I am grateful that I am not the “key your car” type!”
- “I am grateful that I don’t bust tires!”
“The last couple took some repeating! After about 10 minutes he strolled out still looking at his effing phone and slowly entered his car. THEN he sat there! He SAT in his car eating his purchased junk food and now he was typing into his phone! He never even noticed me! OK so by that point I am pissed! In my egocentric pissed-off-id-ness I bravely pulled into the tight space I could fit into which was literally like 4 inches from his car.
Let me tell you what happened next…
This “Dudley do wrong” dude (who kinda resembled Mario from the Mario Brothers (without the stash)
looked over at me and started cussing me out! Yep… he called me the B-word, stupid B, dumb B, blah, blah, blah! I stayed in my car looking at him eye to eye. I couldn’t believe that HE was parked illegally and angry at me. I waited 10 minutes for a parking spot, 10 minutes by-the-way that I’ll never get back, for him to shop! I figured he was a “blowhard coward” although I had a special surprise for him had he approached my car! Hey, I’m disabled, not dumb, I’m always prepared to protect myself (she said with a sly smile)!
After he finished his 3 or 4-minute rant he finally pulled off. I was finally able to deploy my ramp and roll into the store for something that took me like 5 minutes to grab and go.
Ok folks, so let’s be considerate of others and remember the blue spaces are designated for a reason. The striped typically blue lines called “the Access Aisle” is there to allow extra space for loading wheelchairs, or people into and out of vehicles, ramp access and more. Even if you can legally use these spaces due to your disability, it is important that you park straight without veering into the Access Aisle.
Oh, one more thing, please don’t borrow or loan out your parking placard. There are fines for this and the approved user may lose their placard for an extended period or for the rest of their life. Besides….It’s rude!
Below is a HILARIOUS video that is a funny reminder about what many disabled people experience when people park in the access aisle.
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