Post # 46
urchin: I kinda think the Prego parking spots are ridiculous too but I don’t park there when I am not Pregnant. I actually don’t park there when I am pregnant either, with one exception this year when it was two days before Xmas and snowy out and there were no other spots! I am capable of walking like everyone else when pregnant.
Post # 47
I would never ever park in a handicapped space. I have heard of the existence of pregnant/family parking, but I’ve never actually seen it.
However, I do park in the “Parking for business X” spaces if I can’t find anything else, particularly banks after business hours. I live in Boston- parking is a competitive sport! I won’t park illegally, but I only follow the “rules” within reason.
Post # 48
I have a handicapped mother, so people who park illegally in those spots drive me nuts. I’ve called the cops to have them towed.
Not the same, but we have a reserved parking spot in our development (no driveway). If someone parks there and I don’t know who it is, I call and have them towed. It says “reserved” for a reason.
I don’t park in those family reserved spots because I’d rather walk the extra bit from the other side of the parking lot anyway.
Post # 49
urchin: I only park in regular spots. Where I live, it’s a pretty hefty fine if you park in a handicap spot without a valid permit on your dashboard. I don’t think they enforce the family parking spaces as much but I wouldn’t park there anyways unless I had a small child with me.
What I find ridiculous is the special parking for hybrid or compact cars that I’m seeing all over the place now! I’ve also seen designated parking for motorcycles. What makes those vehicles so special, like what is the big deal? I don’t understand the privilege offered to people who drive hybrid or electric cars. Parking spaces are a luxury in Toronto, and some lots are just wasting spaces with those dumb designations.
Post # 50
lolita39: So I’m selfish for only thinking about my own convenience but someone who has shat out a child isn’t selfish for only thinking about theirs?
Post # 51
On a lighter note, I don’t mind parking in “patrons only” or “for this business only” spaces occasionally…but last month or so Fiance and I were looking for a place to park downtown just to run into one of the stores real quick.
The only parking area with an open space was one of those men’s club things (think the free masons but it was something else) and it had one free spot. So I pulled in there and when I got the spot I saw it had a sign reserved that said “Exalted Ruler”.
Yeah so wtf, I probably shouldn’t park here because I don’t want to be murdered in my sleep…
Post # 52
IzzyBear: Here, it’s not so easy. I didn’t have one when I had a full leg cast and was fairly young, so being dropped off at the doors wasn’t something my mom felt comfortable doing. I didn’t get one with the neurological issues I had, and I did injure myself due to being a distance away and falling on ice. It took Mother-In-Law years to get one due to MS. Her doctor actually said to her, well you can walk down the hallway ok.
Post # 53
Zhabeego: I agree with you. Granted I haven’t read ALL of your responses on this thread or the other one, but why suddenly because one has children it’s so much more important that they park closer? If I was pregnant I’d actually find it insulting that people think I can’t walk from a normal parking space.
Post # 54
musical-lady: I don’t think the parking for compact cars and motorcycles is special- when I see spots that say “compact” in a garage, I assume that that means the space is smaller than normal and SUV drivers shouldn’t try to squeeze in!
Motorcycle parking is to group them together so that they don’t just go take up a whole space with their motorcycle- I’ve seen that and it is so annoying!
EV parking, as a PP mentioned, is justified because of the charging. Hybrid is a little silly though.
Post # 55
I don’t think i’ve ever seen a parking spot reserved for expectant mothers. How does that even work? Can I take it if i’m 6 weeks along?
I have seen family parking-which the mall by me has, but those are really just extra-wide spots so you can fit a stroller, etc besidethe car, which i’d say is reasonable. And no I wouldn’t park in one.
Post # 56
musical-lady: OMG I do not get that either!!!!! I mean shouldnt the spot be further away because its a hybrid and you can drive further without damaging the environment???? Stupidest entitlement parking space EVER! And I HAVE a Prius!
OP, sorry I thread-jacked a little…
Post # 57
my father has a handicap placard for his car. the new one has his photo and his name on it, but the old one didn’t. i only ever used it once when he wasn’t in the car, because i went out two days before christmas and had to go to the mall to get a gift. aside from that, i’ve never parked anywhere i shouldn’t. it’s not fair to the people who actually need the spaces.
and “expectant mother” parking really is useful when you’re 9 months along and walking is exhausting. just saying.
Post # 58
Those people that are bitching about specialty parking are just lazy people!! I probably wouldn’t use the specialty parking myself even if I was pregnant or had little kids.. but I certainly wouldn’t complain because there are speciality parking spots for them! All it means is that I have to walk a little bit farther so no big deal! <br /><br />I parked in a handicap spot once.. My mom was very ill and needed to use a wheelchair but was still in the hospital so we did not recieve a handicap sticker.. anyways she got a day pass and asked me to take her shopping so I did and it was a snowy day and wasn’t very busy so we parked in the handicap stall closest to the door. A cop actually wrote me a ticket.. but waited to see who came out and when he seen my mom in the chair he ripped it up for me. Other than in that situation I would never ever use a handicap stall knowingly!
Post # 59
Zhabeego: Shat out a child? Really? Shat. Out. A. Child.
That right there sums up everything anyone might ever need to know about your opinion on this matter.
The point isn’t that poor mommies with round bellies and small children are being selfish. Yes, they can walk. If not, they could probably qualify for temporary handicap. The spots can be a bit absurd. Sure, they’re a marketing technique. But they are just a nice gesture. It’s >100 feet of pavement.
How do you know without a shadow of a doubt, that someone might not need it more than you? Or just feel good about parking there? It might make their day just a little bit easier? What is the harm in that? Obviously, that’s what the corporation wants.
If we all had the mentality that we must only think of ourselves because everyone else is selfish, we’d be in a world of hurt. If you are worse off than a pregnant woman, maybe you should have a handicap spot. I’m not saying that to be snarky, but just true. If you’re in pain from walking (bad knees, back, etc) then talk to your doctor. Maybe you really do need special consideration more so than them. But thinking that you should automatically be entitled over them isn’t really any better is it?
It’s concrete with a sign. That’s it.
Post # 60
MissHockey: I’m sorry that my health conditions make you think that I am lazy. Like someone else said, usually I prefer to park at the back where it’s less crowded. When it’s slippery, I’m dizzy, I’m having mobility issues along with pain, and I need to just get my prescription because I have the flu I don’t care that I’m probably taking the spot from a mom who is planning on hitting the mall for a few hours to Christmas shop with her kids. I didn’t think that made me lazy.