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My local shopping centre has a multi-story car park, as many do. Up until recently, they had a decent selection of disabled spaces on every level, right near the lifts. Very convenient for anyone who was disabled. However, whoever owns the car park decided it'd be a good idea to add some parent and child spaces.
Fair enough, a lot people shop there with their kids. Unfortunately, some moron didn't want to lose 'normal' spaces, so instead, we've ended up with a sign over the disabled spaces proclaiming them 'Disabled and Parent and Child Spaces'. They've combined the two!
there is never a free disabled space...
For starters, having kids with you is not akin to being disabled. Granted, it's difficult, but it's not the same thing at all. And secondly, there seems to be a lot of selfish parents in our area, because now, there is never a free disabled space, and almost all the cars parked there do not have blue badges.
My brother is an amputee. He NEEDS those disabled spaces. He needs the gap to manoeuvre his wheelchair, and as there aren't adequate walkways in the car park, he needs to be close to the elevators, or he's at risk. He has been hit by a car before, in that very same car park.
Why can't they separate the spaces? Are they that desperate to squeeze in as many spaces as possible, that they can't just designate a few on each level for people with kids? And what's the problem with these parents? Sure, kids in a car park can be a real hassle, but you're sharing with disabled folks. And maybe, just maybe, they deserve the space a little more than you.