A few weeks ago my wife Roe and I went to a popular restaurant for dinner. The restaurant was crowded, so we put our name in and waited outside to be called.
While we were waiting, I noticed the restaurant’s two handicap parking spaces. Within a couple of minutes, two cars took those spaces.
Who do you think exited those two cars? Elderly drivers? People who had difficulty walking?
Nope. Out of both cars came young, fit, healthy-looking thirty-something and fortysomething couples. They walked briskly to put their reservations in with the restaurant hostess.
I was hotter than the restaurant’s stoves watching these people “gaming” the system.
The Entitlement Society Hijacks Another Benefit They Don’t Need or Deserve
States began mandating handicap parking spaces in public areas to assist those with health difficulties or disabilities. Unfortunately, people with an “entitlement attitude” end up taking the closest parking spaces from those who truly need them.
A friend of mine walks with leg braces and crutches. Mobility is a real issue with him. He NEEDS a handicap parking space because every step he takes is not easy.
I raised this issue on my radio show on WPHT 1210-AM Radio, and I was surprised at the pushback I received.
Some listeners said that people who are elderly, but otherwise healthy, felt it was a right to have a handicap parking tag. Others attacked me for criticizing the drivers, noting that someone could have a healthy-looking appearance but still have a debilitating condition.
Let’s get real here. We have all seen healthy people pull into a handicap parking space. You do not need a medical degree, just some common sense, to see these people are taking advantage of the system.
Handicap Tags Cannot Be Bequeathed…or Can They?
One listener told me that her husband had a handicap parking tag and she kept using it after his death. She saw nothing wrong with continuing to enjoy this benefit. This is not like college alumni passing down their 50-yard line football tickets to their kids. She saw nothing wrong with this lie.
I often question or criticize government regulations that may not be necessary, but for the most part, handicapped parking policies are a no-brainer. They are important. There’s little cost. It’s easy to implement. And it’s the right thing to do.
Unfortunately, this policy has been hijacked by the entitlement society. People apply for handicapped parking tags and stretch the truth or outright lie. Government policies governing who is eligible for these are either watered down or not enforced.
The result is more able-bodied parking space scofflaws taking handicapped parking from those who truly need them.
Here’s an idea: unless it’s dangerous to your health and you’re physically able, put that handicap parking tag in your glove compartment and park with the rest of us. The exercise will do you good.
Do you think I am being too harsh on the “parking space scofflaws?”
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