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Handicap Parking

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 3:27 PM

My heart goes out to those who need...and deserve ... handicap parking.

And, my feelings are exactly the opposite for those who aren't handicapped and regularly use those clearly marked parking spaces.

I see one person who regularly uses a handicapped space and practically sprints into the store.

How often is handicapped parking abused?


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Bo,

Handicap parking is very frequetly misused. When I have my mother with me, her health requires that we park close to the stores and nothing frustrates me more than all the handicap spots used up. I don't mind droping her at the door, but folks need to respect those spots. Along with the handicap parking, if you don't need handicap parking, please leave the electric carts for those that need them. Walmart's has plenty and it is very disrespectful of your elderly when you are in your 20's playing on those carts.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, Nov 12, 2011, at 6:43 PM

Is there a guideline on how many handicap parking spaces you should have in relation to overall number?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 7:31 AM

Pretty sure it is one handicap space for every 25 up to somewhere around 200. larger lots must have 2% of the total devoted to handicap.

-- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 10:44 AM

Thanks. SOmetimes it seems like there are too few and other times it seems like there are a bunch. Not surfe how it was regulated.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 8:39 PM

I believe Kroger's has about 20 handicap spots for every 1 normal spot.

-- Posted by GoTitans on Sun, Nov 13, 2011, at 10:01 PM

Yeah, I regularly see people misuse handicap parking spots and especially at such places like Wal-Mart and the post office. It saddens me that people are so lazy and inconsiderate that they feel it is ok to do something like that and it makes me want to call a towing company and have their car towed away. It also irks me when people can go to a store like Wal-Mart and walk around the building and shop but can't walk ten feet from their car to put the cart in the corral.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Nov 14, 2011, at 7:45 AM

I agree. What irks me the most is when I see so many people who fight over the closest parking spaces. And many of those are overweight, which are the people who need the walking and exercise the most.

I have also seen young people use the handicap tags that hang on the mirrors so they can get closer spots to the door. It is not only disrespectful but morally wrong as well.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Nov 14, 2011, at 10:16 AM

I am handicapped and the same thing goes with the carts that are usually available for the handicapped.

-- Posted by swoosie on Mon, Nov 14, 2011, at 11:38 AM

And yet another trip to Walmart's and NO handicap carts, yet amazingly, plently of handicap parking spots available. Last I knew the carts were for handicap folks, not to ride around your kids on, or yourself bacause you are too lazy to walk around the local superstore.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Mon, Nov 14, 2011, at 9:02 PM

I understand what you mean, but please don't always judge a book by its cover. I have Fibromyalgia. Sometimes when I get out of my car (parked in a handicap space) I look very normal. But after being in a store for a short while, I may have excruciating pain in a hip or a knee, or an attck of vertigo has made crossing a parking lot a hazard, or maybe I have forgotten where my car is. Many people misuse the parking space. However, Fibromyalgia is known as the "invisible Disability".

-- Posted by wildwoman on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 10:05 AM

I see a lot of handicap tags/permits missed used, maybe they should be verified before they are issued. I have seen many times people jump out of the cars with these tags and can walk as well as anyone else. If I was to guess I would say that abuse way exceeds people parking in handicap spots without a tag. I think the term handicap has gotten way to broad or at least in the permitting department. I also know that family members of the handicap have these tags to carry the handicap but if they are not with you then you are indeed disrespectful. I do agree it is pretty low to use these spots that are for the truely handicap. Show some respect, I know alot of us were taught that or maybe we need to slap a few on the back of the head.

-- Posted by johnnyreb on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 10:14 AM

No one can possibly diagnose a persons disability from watching them walk a short distance. A disabled person my have a very undetectable disease or condition that only they and the doctor that prescribed the handicap permit can possibly know about or understand. I watch people watching those that use a permit and am amazed at the sneers, gestures and even comments to the permit-tee. Psychological disorders can disable a person with very complicated perceptive problems that a layman can in no way detect or understand. Some cardiac, neurological, cancer, arthritic, and other problems may not be immediately visible especially to the untrained eye. The comment about the overweight person simply angered me to no end, it does not take a very intelligent person to realize that a disabled person has a much more difficult time with weight control than the able bodied.

I myself am only 55 and I have been confronted by an elderly person that made the statement that "these handicap parking spaces are for us!" I took this statement to mean the elderly as opposed to the handicapped. Being taught to respect my elders I did not take her statement to task, although I could have said that I have a DVT (blood clots) in a leg, both knees can be very painful from arthritis, I have a foot that is way over due for a Talar joint fusion (ankle) and a spondilolithisiss (grade two) of the spine where a vertebra is out of line with the rest of the vertebrae and pelvis by half the thickness of the vertebra. All are very painful conditions. Shall I go on? I take meds for my condition (which is a war in itself) which on occasion allow me to walk quite well, though it is rare. I myself never judge any person using a handicapped parking space, but there will always be someone that knows more than my doctor whom has prescribed a permit so I can park close to the entrance.

Did you know that Tennessee charges the handicapped for this permit? Did you know that many doctors charge to fill out the permit application? It sure is expensive to be disabled.

Don't even get me started on pain meds that most doctors are extremely apprehensive to prescribe.

-- Posted by Bronk on Sat, Nov 19, 2011, at 5:36 PM

I am 59. I've had 5 spinal surgeries, both knees replaced and surgery on my right foot. I have chronic pain that will never go away. I have good days and bad days. When you "look" at me, you don't see a disabled person but I am. I have disabled tags and a placquard. My doctor had to fill out forms for me to have them and then I had to pay for them. I'm sure that when I park in the handicapp spaces, someone is looking at me since I seem to be walking ok. After a few minutes of walking, I break into a sweat from the pain and just have to push through it. 90% of the time, the reasons carts are left in the parking lot is because the stores may put the handicapp parking spaces close to the front BUT put the cart corrals half way back of the parking lot. Why can't they put one next to the handicapp spaces? I usually pick up a cart in the lot when I go in. My gripe is that when the horse shows are going on, our visitors use the handicapp spaces (no tags or plaquard) to keep from getting their cars scratched. The police never ticket these cars. Matter of fact, I've never seen a car ticketed in a parking lot for illegal parking. Why is that since so many say they see cars parked illegal all the time? Please, if your not handicapped, don't take those spaces.

-- Posted by ZNanny on Fri, Nov 25, 2011, at 7:32 PM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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