Yesterday I had to go out to CVS to pick up a few things. If you have any sort of knowledge regarding Multiple Sclerosis, you know that this simple task is difficult for me and others afflicted with MS. Fatigue and weakness make so many simple things difficult for me. Anyway, like I normally do, I looked for a disabled parking place but all were taken. For this CVS, this is an odd occurrence. After parking (in a regular parking space), I ventured toward the store. To get into the store, I had to walk past the disabled parking spots. To my surprise (not really), two of the three cars were parked there without a disabled parking placard or the appropriate disabled license plate. To clarify, I have a disabled parking placard so I have the right to park in the reserved spaces for disabled persons. These cars and their drivers, obviously do not have the right to park there. It is illegal. It is disrespectful. In some cases, it is laziness. I don’t care if you are running into the store for a few minutes….it’s still illegal. And rude.
After posting my disgust on my personal Facebook profile, 99% of the comments agreed with my disdain but there was this one person who “stood up for herself”. She stated that she broke her foot and was unable to walk very far. As a result, her spouse/family member would often park in a disabled parking place WITHOUT the proper permit so she wouldn’t have to walk as far. After I sympathized with her situation, I explained to her why this is illegal and just plain wrong. No matter what I said, she felt like her situation “entitled” her to park in a disabled parking spot. I even explained to her that she could get a temporary parking permit to make it legal (due to her broken foot). She didn’t care and felt as if she didn’t need it and indicated that it was too much trouble. Too much trouble? What!!! As I write this, I feel frustrated. I am frustrated because I find more and more people parking in disabled parking places without the proper permits. I feel frustrated because I wonder where people’s regard for the law has gone. I feel frustrated because I wonder why people feel so entitled….and are so disrespectful to ALL of the disabled out there looking for a parking spot.
My thoughts are, if you’re going to park in my disabled parking space, without the proper permit, you should have to experience and deal with my illness too. Take the spot—it’s yours, but you should have to suffer like I do. Seriously. What I wouldn’t give to be able to park far away from the store and happily and energetically walk to that store.
What are your thoughts on this? Comments? Questions?
Holder of a disabled parking permit