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Old 04-30-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Walmart Spin Off. Handy capped parking

Quote:Alright, we can stop with the Handicap Parking theme in this thread. A new Handicap Parking thread can be started since it is not confined to only Walmart. Thank you.;end quote:


I had a van equipped with a side wheel chair lift. I told my wife that backing into a parking spot was a lot easier than backing out of one. With that said,I found out that when you back into a van accessible spot, if you put the left tires well over into the blue lines, that gives us plenty of room to drop the lift and still have room to swing the wheel chair off and around with out hitting the other guy. I have not had anyone park over the line and into my space. I do not have that problem now as My dear mother-in-law has gone onto a better life. for you that need the extra space, back in over the blue, and more room will be afforded to you.
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I am just not following
however I have disabled veteran plates on my rv plus a blue hanging placard....I am just itching to park in a blue spot up front with the 40 foot bus might have to take three or four spots


I don't mean to be-little anyone with a hc plate or placard, but we must have fun and smile often
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There are those who clearly are handicapped and entitled to use handicapped parking.

My complaint is when the only handicapp someone has is "Between the ears" but they ask their doctor for handicapped parking and he just signed the form and granted it.

The first king, on a good day, generally puts the hanging palccard in the glove box and parks in regular parking, saving the handicapped spots for someone having a bad day who really needs it.. The second kind ALWAYS uses handicapped parking.

And when it comes to backing in v/s backing out.. I too agree, easier to back in and pull out. In this handicapped makes no difference.
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I'm going to say that handicaps are not sometimes apparent visually. Some people have a handicap placard because they need it on some days and sometimes have days they don't. My Father in law had back issues that were sometimes so bad, it was a struggle for him to walk from a handicapped space to the front to get a motorized cart to ride in while other times when he was feeling better, you wouldn't know he had back or mobility issues.

I've often wanted to say "Being lazy isn't a handicap" to people I see parking in those spots that didn't appear to have any need for them, but I've decided that without knowing what their situation is, I risk being the judgmental jerk in trying to confront someone that doesn't appear to need the space.

I've decided that Karma usually takes care of those people to take spaces they don't need and aren't entitled to and I should butt out. It's been working for me.
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With that said,I found out that when you back into a van accessible spot, if you put the left tires well over into the blue lines, that gives us plenty of room to drop the lift and still have room to swing the wheel chair off and around with out hitting the other guy.
Here in WA that will get you a ticket as the blue lines indicate the "Access Zone" and NO one can park in them. At 6" over we give warnings, more than that get you the same ticket as any non-handicapped parking in a space.
And yes, I'm handicapped and also deputized to write parking tickets for hadicapped parking.
I have MS and some days are good and some are bad, so you can't tell if I "deserve" as space or not. In WA they issue a wallet card that has the same numbers on it as your palckard and, if we're suspicious of the user we can ask for the card. It should match the plackard.
I did catch one woman using a plackard from a deceased friend. Never did find out what the judge did with that one!
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I'm going to say that handicaps are not sometimes apparent visually. Some people have a handicap placard because they need it on some days and sometimes have days they don't...
X2. I've had people give me grief for using a handicapped space, despite my placard, since I don't have a visible handicap, such as a pronounced limp, on crutches, being confined to a wheelchair, etc.

Although I do park in other spaces on days I don't need handicap parking (especially when other close parking is available), I opted for the placard instead of a plate because it is more visible and I can use it in any car I am in.

The biggest problem I have, however, is not enough handicap spaces are available (especially at Wally World, ironically enough).
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...And when it comes to backing in v/s backing out.. I too agree, easier to back in and pull out. In this handicapped makes no difference.
Not only is it easier (unless you have a moron behind you trying to steal the space), it is safer. You can see oncoming traffic much better pulling out than when backing out.
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Here in WA that will get you a ticket as the blue lines indicate the "Access Zone" and NO one can park in them. At 6" over we give warnings, more than that get you the same ticket as any non-handicapped parking in a space.
And yes, I'm handicapped and also deputized to write parking tickets for hadicapped parking.
I have MS and some days are good and some are bad, so you can't tell if I "deserve" as space or not. In WA they issue a wallet card that has the same numbers on it as your placard and, if we're suspicious of the user we can ask for the card. It should match the placard.
I did catch one woman using a placard from a deceased friend. Never did find out what the judge did with that one!
I'm handicapped and have a disabled veteran plate. Some days are good for me, and some days are bad. But even if you are "deputized", if you came up to me demanding "proof" I am entitled to park in handicapped parking, I would demand the call of a uniformed officer before I would show "proof". Both Florida, my former home, and Tennessee, where I live now, issue plates without corresponding cards like Washington. So if I came to Spokane on a pleasure trip and you did not think I looked handicapped, what "proof" could you ask for? My VA card? My Florida Disabled Veteran Card?
Sorry, I ran into too many self appointed "enforcement agents" in Florida who had no more authority to challenge me than the man in the moon. Plus, any idiot with fifty bucks and a computer can order an official looking badge.
You may be able to do that where you live, but I wouldn't try that in the Sunshine State, or in many other places, either. [moderator edit]. JMHO YMMV.
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Never really gave much thought to handicapped parking myself. ALways assumed if someone parking a handicapped space they needed it regardless of physical appearance. Tons of medical reasons that don't show outwardly.

This does remind me of the time my wife and I along with BIL and SIL went on a cruise and were standing in those long really long lines to board. One of the crew brought a man through to the head of the line in his wheelchair. The guy in front of us commented "boy those handicapped people get all the breaks" by the time my SIL finished dressing him down for his moronic comment he wanted to cry and hide. Gotta love a SIL like that.
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The biggest problem I have, however, is not enough handicap spaces are available (especially at Wally World, ironically enough).
I have found that the number of handicapped spaces open is directly inverse to how hard its raining..
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Did y'all know that many people with disabilites consider the term "handicapped" offensive? I took a 9 month advocacy training program in 1996/7 and learned much about "correct language".

The word is derived from the old practice of disabled people holding their headgear or cap out, begging for spare change. Personally, it doesn't bother me -- it"s just a word. I mention it because I found it odd and I would never knowingly offend anyone -- unless they took my handicapped parking space and sprinted into the store.

I once left a note on one of those REALLY jacked up high pickups with no plates or tag that said, "sorry to hear about your recent disability, but you might want to get a tag soon as you risk getting a $225 fine for parking here without one".
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I have found that the number of handicapped spaces open is directly inverse to how hard its raining..
Not in AZ. Six drops hit the ground and people are afraid to go outside. Seriously, parking lots are less crowded when it is raining.
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Did y'all know that many people with disabilites consider the term "handicapped" offensive? I took a 9 month advocacy training program in 1996/7 and learned much about "correct language".

The word is derived from the old practice of disabled people holding their headgear or cap out, begging for spare change. Personally, it doesn't bother me -- it"s just a word. I mention it because I found it odd and I would never knowingly offend anyone -- unless they took my handicapped parking space and sprinted into the store.

I once left a note on one of those REALLY jacked up high pickups with no plates or tag that said, "sorry to hear about your recent disability, but you might want to get a tag soon as you risk getting a $225 fine for parking here without one".
Actually, the hand-in-cap story is a myth (see this Snopes article).

I agree, there is nothing offensive about the word. I have a friend who refers to it as handitrapped but only around me since she knows I won't take offense.

I got chewed out once by a woman, claiming any one who drives a "monster truck" (my "monster truck" is an '08 F150 at stock height with a step bar) isn't really handicapped. I told her if she didn't either get off my case or show me a medical license, I was going to call the police on her for practicing medicine without a license. She left when I dug out my cell phone (darn, it would have been fun when the police showed up). The fact is, it is far easier for me to get in and out of that truck than to try to drag my ample asset out of a small car. When friends and I go anywhere, we usually take my truck for that reason, unless they also have a large vehicle (one has a Rav4, another a Jeep Liberty).
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