Do you feel that there are too many or not enough handicap parking spots?

  • Way too many...I find it hard to find a parking spot and a lot of the handicap spots are empty

  • Not enough-they should have more spots

  • Instead they should reserve spots for moms with small children or expecting moms

  • Other-please comment

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Submitted by at 12:48 PM on Dec. 22, 2008
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Do you feel that there are too many or not enough handicap parking spots?

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Submitted by at 12:48 PM on Dec. 22, 2008
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  • Silvertear...
    Submitted by   at 12:55 PM on December 22, 2008

    I think it depends on the store. I've been with my mother plenty of times where she can't find a handicap spot, but I've seen stores with just a crazy amount of spaces all empty. As for mother/child spaces, when we were in MA, there was a store with these by the cart corral... my favorite spot to park . =)

  • justanothe...
    Submitted by   at 1:15 PM on December 22, 2008

    Yeah, it depends on the store. Some have so many that are never used.
    I've been to stores that have the pregnant/new mom parking and they are almost always taken up but lazy, middle aged people.
    I went to Wal-mart once when I was about 7 months along with my youngest. I drove down the lanes closest to the door to see if any of the pregnant spots were open...nope. So I parked at the very end of the lane like I normally did and walking in the snow and freezing cold with my aching, dislocating hips.
    When I got to the store I noticed a middle aged woman come out and get into a big SUV parked in the mom spot. I waited to see if maybe she was picking up a pregnant person...nope. She got in and drove off. She was obviously NOT pregnant and did NOT have a baby with her or even a pregnant woman. How freaking rude.
    Of course, it's not against the law to park there like it is with a handicap spot.

  • Izsarejman
    Submitted by   at 8:13 PM on December 22, 2008

    It depends on the place. As far as pregnant spots go, it's a good idea in theory, but where does it begin? As soon as there's a BFP or when the woman's about to give birth? Does that entitle someone who is 6 weeks pregnant the right to take that spot from someone who is 8 months pregnant? Just curious..I've actually always wondered that when I saw a few of those spots.

  • justanothe...
    Submitted by   at 9:42 PM on December 22, 2008

    I wondered that, too, when the pregnant mom spots popped up (I think right at the end of my 3rd pregnancy). When I was pregnant with my last baby I refused to use them until walking became painful (around the 7th month) because my hips were popping in and out of the sockets as my ligaments loosened up. But we never drove around fighting for one of them. If none were available my husband would let me out at the door and park then bring the kids or if I was alone I would just park at the end like I always did, grit my teeth and huff it up to the door (rain or shine, wind or snow).
    To me I think they should only be used by women in their last trimester and those that recently had a baby (like less then 3 months old). Other people, the ones that like to take advantage and drive around looking for the closest spot, probably think as soon as they get a + they get to park there.
    Then again, I think women in their last trimester should get temporary handicap stickers, lol. At least the ones having mobility issues. I was in so much pain the last couple months of my pregnancy I could barely walk to the bathroom. I would be in tears halfway down the hall. It was agonizing. I couldn't sleep. Sitting, laying, standing...didn't matter. My hips hurt so bad I wanted to just die. There were times in the last month I wished the baby would just come early. Sounds awful but when you're in that much pain and aren't supposed to take anything (not that anything helped with the pain). And I was trying to care for 3 kids. They pretty much had to take care of me. They would get me drinks, bring me cold food from the fridge, get blankets for me, etc. They learned to make their own sandwiches and cereal because it hurt so much to walk to and from the kitchen to help them. Kind of sad, really. Probably the one thing really preventing me from considering having another baby.

  • winterglow
    Submitted by   at 4:21 AM on December 23, 2008

    Most supermarkets where I live have handicapped/pregnant women parking areas. They give you a card for the parking spaces that is valid until a month or two after your due date.

    They also have checkouts that are for handicapped persons/people with mobility problems and pregnant women. I was VERY glad of those when expecting my twins (lol).

  • DusterMomm...
    Submitted by   at 10:10 AM on December 23, 2008

    I chose other. It really depends on the store.

    I think they should be more "choosey" in who they give the Handicap stickers to. My husband's 33 year old uncle lost a leg from the knee down in an accident about 6 years ago. He has a prosthetic, goes for daily jogs, and you can't even tell he has it when he's wearing pants.

    He will fight tooth and nail for a "handicap" spot. If he pulls into a parking lot and they're all full, he'll cuss and fume about it. He doesn't need it! He should leave the spots for people who really ARE handicapped.

  • jillmw
    Submitted by   at 1:54 PM on December 23, 2008

    I also think it depends on the store. Places that everyone needs to use, like the gocery store, should have plenty of parking.

  • Debbie0620...
    Submitted by   at 2:53 PM on December 23, 2008

    I voted there are too many but really I guess it depends on the store. Some stores have too many but not all of them.

  • Chrissy629
    Submitted by   at 10:38 PM on December 23, 2008

    Those mom with small children spots are crap. It's rare that the mom has her kids with her. They figure as long as they have a car seat no one will ticket their car.

  • LibraryLad...
    Submitted by   at 1:22 AM on December 24, 2008

    I have Multiple Sclerosis and used to think there were too many spots! Now that I need a HC place, it seems like there are too few.
    Please don't judge someone getting out of a HC car because "they look OK". I suffer from severe weakness and exhaustion and I would LOVE to not need special parking.

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