Post # 1
So, a post in another thread got me to thinking.
How many of you have no qualms with parking in restricted parking spaces?
Another person argued that Parental and pregnancy parking is “nonsense” and just used as a way to further coddle parents. They park in those spaces despite meeting the “requirements” to park there.
I also have witnessed people parking in those spaces who don’t belong there.
..and I know of people who will park in handicap spaces as well.
What about you? Do you park wherever you want?
Post # 2
I would never, ever, ever park in a handicapped space. No way.
As for the expectant mothers spots… I would never park there either (I’m a rule follower, lol) though I would probably judge you less if you did! But handicapped… hell no!
Post # 3
No way. As a former pregnant woman and mother of a toddler these spaces are totally necessary and helpful. I never park where I don’t belong, I am perfectly capable of walking from the back of a parking lot to wherever I need to go.
Post # 4
My own response to this is that I as well am a rule follower, and would never park in places where I don’t belong.
I have been pregnant, with complications, and those pregnancy spaces were so beneficial for me.
I have no problem when I am not pregnant, or when I don’t have an infant with me, to park as far away from the store in a snow storm, if that’s the only place I have to park.
Post # 5
I would never park in handicapped, that’s illegal and punishable with a pretty hefty fine, not to mention pretty darn rude. The mom spaces are, I believe, not law, so I suppose I *could* park there, but I’d feel lower than dirt if I saw a mom or expectant mom struggling after I took that spot.
Post # 6
I never park in either of those types of spots, but I definitely park my small SUV in spots marked “compact car only.” But in my defense, my small SUV is really really compact!!! It’s German and they don’t make giant vehicles!
Post # 7
Laurenplusalex: +1 — I would never EVER park in a handicapped spot because that is actually illegal … but let’s say there were no other spots in the entire lot except a pregnant spot (which is not legally enforceable at all), I would park there. But only if there were nowhere else for me to park. And I’d still probably stick my stomach out in case anyone saw me 😛
Post # 8
I would only park in a handicapped spot if someone in the vehicle met the requirements or in an emergency. For those other spots, I have used them when I’ve had mobility issues, it was icy and I needed a prescription.
Post # 9
I would NEVER ever park in a handicaped spot. I actually ended up in one accidentally the other day- it was dark out, no sign, and the paint was nearly gone- I noticed it as soon as I got out the car and got right back in & moved to the back of the lot, despite the fact it was raining monsoon style….
Expectant mother parking-not usually but if I was running in for one thing and I’d be out in 5 min I could careless. I’m not parking at the end of the parking lot to have to walk 10 min to get something right by the front door. I don’t really care about the other designated spots like “pickup only parking” if it’s open I’m taking it!
Post # 10
Whether the parent/pregnant parking spaces are a waste or not, I’m not hugely inconvenienced to not park in them. I mean, if I’m on a bus and a pregnant woman or a mom with small children gets on, I’m going to give them my seat. It’s the right thing to do. People want to complain about everything these days because they think other people shouldn’t be getting priority. Why not? If it helps someone else out, what’s the problem?
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I certainly would never park in a handicap spot. It’s illegal, I’m a rule follower, and I would not want the risk of a fine either! For any enforceable parking restriction where I could get towed or fined, I would not park there. I’ve never seen or heard of pregnancy parking before…but again, I would not park there. If is someone is able to walk from further away but just don’t like to do so – don’t be lazy, be grateful you’re physically able to walk that distance.
Post # 12
I would never park in either. It’s not the end of the world for me to spend an extra minute walking so I would rather just park further away than use the family parking spots although I haven’t seen many of them.
Post # 13
I would never park in a handicapped space, ever. Even in my early stages of pregnancy I’ve been a little hesitant parking in the parent parking space because under my winter coat you can’t see my 18 week belly, and walking doesn’t tire me out just yet. But recently me and DH took our 6 yr old niece to the mall and parked there. It was soooo cold so me and our niece ran ahead while DH locked up, and a woman drove by and yelled at him for parking there since she didn’t see us!
Post # 14
I suppose I just don’t care that much about parking! I typically park in the back and walk up anyways. Unless it’s monsooning or something, in which case I’ll wait for a good spot.
I would never park in a handicap spot. I don’t even use the handicap bathroom stall JUST IN CASE someone else needs it (of course under special circumstances, like the regular one is broken).
Never would I park in the expectant mother spots or the family spots, unless they applied to me. Right now I can park in the pregnancy spots, but I only ever see them at baby stores anyways.
I don’t park in the “to-go” spots at resturants unless I’m getting takeout.
If parking spots are tight in a lot and one says “for XBusiness customers only” I just don’t park there unless I am going into XBusiness.
Even if I’m just running in for five minutes, in my mind, those five minutes someone who really needs that spot could pull up. I can walk.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
I guess where I live the weather is pretty fantastic all year round & parking is usually plentiful so I can’t say I’ve seen too many “Expectant Mother” spaces, except maybe at Babies R Us or someting, but I defintely wouldn’t park, law or not. I’m such a rule follower though haha. I also don’t park somewhere where it says “30 minutes” if I think I’m going to be longer or the “Certain XYZ Business parking only” if I’m not going to that particular business. So with that all that said, I certainly don’t park in handicap spaces ..ever!