Posted by Dissol in Untagged
Some of you may have scanned across my incoherent ramblings in various places...& I give a blanket apology for the drivel that may or may not have been on your screens! One common thread is hoping that people can become more tolerant of others.
Right, so now I am asking you all to be (carefully) intolerant. It is the holiday season, and all the malls are pretty packed. Each mall should have a number of accessible parking bays close to each entrance. The only people permitted to park in these bays are people with disabilities (they should also put up a blue placard in their windscreen...although that can become problematic if say it is an overseas tourist...but then I hope they would think to put an explanation up). But we see widespread abuse of these accessible parking bays...especially at these times of the year when the malls are busier. But I do feel that this abuse is the type of behaviour that society should NOT tolerate. Please could I ask the two people reading this to exercise careful intolerance, and to point out to the abuser that this is not acceptable. I say carefully, because some people can react quite aggressively. Also, the person may have an invisible disability (chronic asthma, or a heart condition, for example). I am not condoning any damage to anyone else's vehicle (although I admit to having let down tyres in the past). But if we (all three of us!) can act, then maybe we can witness a change? You may hear all manner of 'reasons' including "I am not going to be long", or "it's OK; I am just dropping off", or "well there are a couple of other free bays", or even "it is all right dear; I am old and therefore allowed to do this", sometimes you may get "F*** off!", but the most astounding was, as I rolled up to an offender in my wheelchair, "Oh F*** off; I have no money for beggars like you..." He thought I was begging!!! I suggested that if he didn't move his vehicle NOW then he very shortly would be disabled...
I use a variety of methods. One, if I notice an obviously able bodied person leap from his car is to point out that stupidity is not a disability, and could the vehicle be moved please? Another is to shout "Hallelujah! It's a miracle - you can walk!!! Please, please tell me the cure!". A friend of mine carries some really bright lipstick, and leaves messages on the offending windscreen (no damage...but it is a bitch to clean!). Another option is the name & shame. Either phone up a local talk radio show, and give a description & reg no. of the offender (the police, & car park owners / managers tend not to care). Or if you carry a camera (perhaps a camera phone?) then you can always take a photo (clearly showing the vehicle, reg no, and the accessible bay & signage) and I will happily add it to my other blog. It may have no effect...but if it deters one person then it is worth it.
OK...my christmas message to everyone...please be intolerant of parking bay abusers!