Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Selfish disabled people use their own parking passes...don't they know we need them?

Recently, a fellow at the University of Minnesota got into trouble for using his dead mother's handicapped parking pass. There are so many things I could say about this, but none of them would be as spot on as an email I received from reader Will about the story:
Shake your head? But you don't understand!
1. Parking is very, very important.
2. Handicapped spaces are in the best locations, and
3. It is much easier to swipe a handicapped permit from a dead person, as those people tend to selfishly use the permits for their own disabilities when they are alive.
4. These are not ordinary people, she's a nurse and he's a dentist. So they are just using dead people's handicapped permits to help them care for other people more conveniently. THEY KNOW BEST!
Ah yes, 'tis sometimes better to laugh at idiots than to chastise them. Well done Will, well done.


Anonymous said...

This is also pretty common in the City of Chicago, as well. Unless someone calls to complain that someone is abusing a parking spot, the city does not verify each year that the permits they've issued are still properly in use.

Meryl said...

Also a big problem in the UK, but they are trying to crack down on this. See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/feb/13/blue-badge-disabled-parking-fraud?INTCMP=SRCH