Hand­i­cap park­ing

Would they be as quick to take your grave?

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - Gord Ash Vic­to­ria

Those peo­ple who take up hand­i­cap park­ing spa­ces without a hand­i­cap park­ing per­mit - would they be as quick to take your grave? See let­ter to the ed­i­tor.

Dear Ed­i­tor,

Hand­i­cap — a phys­i­o­log­i­cal or men­tal dis­abil­ity that in­creases the dif­fi­culty of nor­mal achieve­ment.

Park­ing — To put or leave a ve­hi­cle stand­ing for a time in a par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion.

Now if we were to join the two we would fig­ure un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances that this would im­ply a marked spot for hand­i­cap park­ing would be for those per­sons who fall into the above cat­e­gory.

While many peo­ple seem to grasp this con­cept, there are still a few that feel it’s their God given right to get as close to the door of their favourite re­tail Mecca re­gard­less of what the sign says, and more so if there hap­pens to be a light driz­zle on the day they pick to make their jour­ney.

Case in point. Last week while leav­ing the gro­cery store at the lo­cal mall, T.C. Square to be ex­act, I watched as a young cou­ple and their child pulled their sil­ver SUV into the marked hand­i­cap park­ing

For the cou­ple in the sil­ver SUV, if you’re won­der­ing who left the note

on your wind­shield, it was me. spot and quickly ex­ited the ve­hi­cle and moved even quicker across the park­ing lot to seek shel­ter from the light driz­zle.

Be­cause I’m cu­ri­ous by na­ture I had to check to see if the ap­pro­pri­ate hand­i­cap sign was placed in their dash or at least vis­i­ble some­where through the wind­shield as it is sup­posed to be as re­quired by law. No such luck! Be­cause I work with phys­i­cally chal­lenged peo­ple, this has al­ways been a pet peeve of mine. What hap­pened next re­ally got my pulse racing. A ve­hi­cle pulls up, with a lady driv­ing ac­com­pa­nied by her, I would as­sume hus­band/part­ner. She scanned the park­ing lot for the des­ig­nated park­ing space that would al­low her pas- senger to get a lit­tle closer to the en­trance, so the dis­tance to travel in his wheel­chair would be re­duced. One could see the dis­ap­point­ment and some­what fury in her face. That’s right, the nice cou­ple in the sil­ver SUV with no hand­i­cap park­ing pass had taken the only spot that was left, and of course it was okay that the small child who ac­com­pa­nied them saw this be­cause that’s the kind of thing we need to teach our chil­dren!

Lis­ten peo­ple, with the Christ­mas rush now upon us, the temp­ta­tion to take one of th­ese park­ing spa­ces that are des­ig­nated for hand­i­cap park­ing I’m sure can be over­whelm­ing. But re­mem­ber they are there for a rea­son and in my hum­ble opin­ion a good one.

For the cou­ple in the sil­ver SUV, if you’re won­der­ing who left the note on your wind­shield, it was me.

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