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9/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Hurting the handicapped

This letter is in response to Mrs. Lynda Davidson's Aug. 25 letter to the editor about nobody caring anymore when it comes to people who don't have a placard parking in handicapped parking spaces.

She hit the nail on the head. I too have seen a lot of that. My wife has a medical problem. We have a handicapped license plate on our car. When I am by myself I will not park in a handicapped spot. But I have seen a lot of people who do when they shouldn't. These people are lazy, and don't care. They figure they are only going to be in there five minutes. While they are in the store someone who is handicapped and really needs it can't park.

I used to live in Riverside, Calif. When we lived there the fine was $325. I don't know what it is now.

When Mrs. Davidson's husband confronted that person and that person gave him a smart remark, he should have called the police.

As far as I'm concerned, the fine for parking in a handicapped place without a placard or license plate should be a minimum of $300.

Ronney L. Case

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Article comment by: Too Hot

I can pretty much bet that 99% of people do not park in those spaces if they are not handicapped. If more did, there would NEVER be an open spot.

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Article comment by: az mac

I also have a handicap plate on the car. My wife has an electric chair. It weighs around 100 lbs. I am old also so after lifting it in an out several times in a day I will use the handicap parking. Most of the time I park in a regular spot. I also make her wait till I can walk with her as cars speed thur the parking lots and she sits low and afraid they will not see her unless I walk with her.

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: Jay Armanis

I too have seen 'healthy' young people park in the handicapped spots... Idont dare say anything for fear of a snotty remark which in kind would lead to a riot in the parking lot,and then and I or the offending party, would need the handicapped spot! This town is full of rude people, not all, but a good percentage.

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: I feel for you.

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Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

I have a good idea, why don't these people who drive police cars around and wear uniforms that say volunteers on the side inforce the handicapped laws.
I also get irked when jerks pull in to the area marked for handicapped but not quite in the designated parking spaces.
If you say something to them, you get a smart remark back or even worse....what is wrong with these people.

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: Not Always Obvious

Don't forget someone else's previous remark nearly a year ago, that not every disabled person's handicap is physically obvious to others.

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by:

I agree with the difficulties that come with the misuse of disabled parking. I have a disabled placard and use it with care. With that said, I appear "able bodied." I used to feel guilty until I realized you are not the placard police. Please know there are many of us out there with less-than-obvious disorders. If you do find someone misusing disabled parking please contact the police. You never know.

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: Al Dail

@Some People - It's inconsiderate when either stores don't instruct employees to take distant parking spots or employees fail to heed said instructions. Costco has a million positives going for it, among them requiring employees to park in far spots. AND THEY DO. Because Costco hires a better breed of workers than other stores. Anywho, welcome to our ill-mannered modern society, where the Me Me Me and cell phone rank above all else.

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: Some People Have No Respect

A lot of people think they are entitled to do whatever that pleases them. Not a day goes by that I don't see handicap parking spaces being used by healthy people. When you are dealing with handicap equipment it makes it even harder to get around when you can't find a handicap parking space. It doesn't matter where you go, Walmart, grocery stores or the bowling alley. If my spouse is with me but is not going into the store, I always use regular parking. I wish people would realize it's a lot of hard work to take care of an handicapped child or adult.
Another example of rudeness is when employees park right in front of the business, making the customers walk long distances to & from the store. I am not lazy & will gladly walk if by myself but when I'm dealing with my spouse in a wheelchair it makes an otherwise pleasant trip a lot more difficult.

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