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The D word. Disability Parking.

Dear parents,
When you pull up to the school and there is parking right in front and you think you’ve hit the jackpot of all jackpots… think again.

I know, you’ll only be there a minute right, I mean a minute after school gets out in 10 and your darling takes 5 minutes to leave their class and another 3 at their locker and then it’ll just be a minute before they get to the door, right?

Does it occur to you that while you’re sitting there for your 19 minute long “just a minute”, that someone who actually is entitled to park in the spot and NEEDS the spot to park, exit their vehicle, enter the school to collect their child from a primary grade is now not able to?

I’m guessing not, the only person who matters to you, is you.

Whilst 3 vehicles occupied disability parking illegally, a small child had to be left at the office as their teacher needed to leave the class for supervision, after waiting an extended period of time for their disabled parent to arrive.

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But that doesn’t affect your life.

So think, or don’t. Maybe one day you’ll be in a position to need something, and actually be entitled to something that you can’t access because some narcissist is barring you, just for kicks.

Have a pleasant day.

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  1. Take a picture of their plate and send it into the city on the 311 app…get them a nice 250.00 fine in the mail 🙂

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  2. You should talk to them and explain things. Maybe they don’t realize. Is it a marked handicap spot?

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  3. Why post it on here? Use your voice and not your fingers.

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    • You never know who is reading this and might suddenly have a “light bulb” moment. It doesn’t hurt to try.

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    • Nic Aln Nic Aln says:

      I credit the poster for this. People do use their voices and it means nothing to them

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    • By typing it the OP brought way more attention to this problem. Perhaps even on top of talking to the people who knows as they did not mention if they did.

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    • Jen Pratt Jen Pratt says:

      Yes, as a physically disabled person, I should park and get in my wheelchair in the middle of the parking lot and go explain to them that they are being inconsiderate and doing something illegal. Maybe I should go door-to-door to every household in the area and politely ask them not to park in disabled parking spaces?
      How far shall I go with this oh, wise one?

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    • Because posting it here uses their “fingers” to reach all parents at all schools. In stead of using their voice and only correcting the issue at one school. I used to drive a daycare van to 5 different schools everyday trust me when I say this is not a solitary issue. So the OP did the right thing as this will reach a lot more people.

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    • There is no doubt it brought attention, nevertheless, it is highly doubtful it brought attention to those it needs to bring attention to. You would be more successful in achieving having something done about it by you going into the school and having a conversation with the principal personally. It’s not going to change the situation at the school by pointing it out on here. All this does is helps you to rant and perhaps feel better, however, it does absolutely nothing to solve the problem you have with parking at that particular school.

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  4. Perhaps talk to the school administration. Especially if there is no marked spot. The school can arrange to have a marked, designated, disabled parking spot put in by the city. I know of several schools that have one. I understand your frustration but posting it on here is not helpful. Taking steps to remedy the situation is. As others have said, talk about it – to the people that can help.

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    • Jaime Sharon Jaime Sharon says:

      it does help, to remind idiots to not park in spots they shouldnt be

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    • If the spots are unmarked there is no rule that says they can’t park there.

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    • Nic Aln Nic Aln says:

      I see it even in marked areas. We deal with it daily. So because of assholes without placards who think they are entitled to park there has us during winter or rain have to park further away and transport our child during horrible weather

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    • I too have seen that. I’m just pointing out that IF it is an unmarked spot that it should be dealt with accordingly. There is no mention in the original post if it is a marked spot. I do believe that douche-canoes who park in marked disabled spots should wake up and smell the coffee and stop being entitled idiots.

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    • Jen Pratt Jen Pratt says:

      There were 3 spaces. It’s in the post.

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    • My apologies, I did not see that. However, it still remains that the OP should bring this to the attention of the school administration, or even the police. They WILL take action to see that it gets stopped. I have seen it happen in the past. Like I said originally, this post won’t help the OP, but talking to the right people will.

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    • Jen Pratt Jen Pratt says:

      Clearly the school admin would know because the child was left with them while waiting for the illegal parkers to leave.
      It is however a good reminder to us all to be considerate.

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  5. Jen Pratt Jen Pratt says:

    Can y’all read?

    There were 3 handicap spaces all parked in illegally by non-disabled people.

    Yeah. They are clearly marked in front of schools.

    So, the actual disabled person cannot collect their own small child because 3 separate entitled jerks are parking illegally without placards.

    And those saying that maybe you should talk to them, like it’s so easy for a physically disabled person to get to the people who are rude enough to take the space, not considering that they need one of those spaces in order to get out to do so?

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    • Nic Aln Nic Aln says:

      So true. Such phenomenal words

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    • You’re right, they can’t get out and talk to the people in the moment. But it can be done after the fact through the school, through parent councils, through the board, etc. And I still think that the Edmonton Police should be notified. I’d love to see all of the entitled jerks get great big tickets. The police do actually take these things seriously if you take the time to make the phone calls. If the OP can’t make the call themselves, then the school should do so. It’s a matter of human decency and common sense.

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    • I agree with your thought process, Danielle, but sadly it doesn’t work like that. I’ve been battling this issue myself for several years. One SRO will do something about it and the next won’t. The EPS pass it off to Bylaw and they don’t have the staff to be able to deal with it.

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    • I wish EPS cared! Or even bylaw but that is simply untrue. Here’s another tbought- living wish a disability is mentally and physically taxing. Small things take ectra time and effort, and not much is left. Your proposal involves even more stress, time and effort and should be completely unnecessary in the first place.

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    • The rationale that talking will fix this is also flawed. People who park there, illegally, know they are in the wrong. Telling them they are in the wrong is meant to accomplish what? I frequently go up and chat with people who are illegally parked in those spots and those entitled types rarely care. I am often flat out ignored. I often hear “only a minute ” . One woman even told me that i scared her young child (im polite and hardly fearsome) . People that park in those spots tend to be asshats

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  6. Nic Aln Nic Aln says:

    Dana Hempstock lol people know and still dont care. I have a placard for my son and i cant tell you how many times we gotten sworn at, threatened, things tossed at us.

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  7. LuckyMe Chan LuckyMe Chan says:

    Park right behind them blocking tjem put

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  8. Why should a disabled person have to explain to a non disabled person why it’s not appropriate to park in a clearly marked disabled area? Like for real? There’s a reason these spaces are marked. I do not have a disability. I can easily walk my lazy ass 30 feet. The OP is 100% correct. Quit being so rude and entitled thinking that you can park where ever and whenever you want. You think your life is hard? Try doing everything you do plus add a recognized disability onto it. And have people stare at you and judge you and deny you access to spaces that were created for you. Just rude!

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  9. Dario Tomada Dario Tomada says:

    and quit letting those kids out on the traffic side..use the side walk side and there’s no issues…surly johnny can slide over…smh

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  10. Tannis Fong Tannis Fong says:

    Talk to school admin, call bylaw and ask them to check regularly to enforce passes, or honk and wave your pass (yes, I have done all 3).

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  11. Time to talk to the school and call 311 to complain they will come and give tickets…

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  12. Vanna Brule Vanna Brule says:

    I avoid the whole mess entirely by telling my kid to go play at the park and I pick her up there 10 to 15 minutes late.

    By then, a large majority of the crowd is gone, and the park side has plenty of empty parking. Less stress for everyone.

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  13. no matter how many people ultimately realize their selfishness and change where they park, more selfish pratts will be along to take up their place. I have had this happen on a street with charges ultimately laid because the woman nearly killed my grandson after cutting off his school bus thus forcing the driver to load a special needs kid while double parked in the street. As the kid got the all clear the woman dropped the vehicle in reverse and only an adult holding the kid’s hand prevented him from being crushed by her SUV. When the police showed up her and her “friends” vehemently denied any wrong doing. The lady actually told the cop, “that didn’t happen, I used my backup camera”! The bus driver was able to confirm the entire episode and I NEVER saw her at bus time again. Some people really do need to take it to the mat to stop things.
    In this case you need to have a Bi-Law officer come out and ticket deliberately the offenders. That is their job. You have a responsibility to stand up for your rights and call the people that enforce those rights.

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  14. Jason Ellard Jason Ellard says:

    Obviously their kids are too entitled and lazy to walk or take the bus, do you really think these arrogant, self centered parents are going to make their precious babies walk 6 feet more than they have to?

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  15. Wow, talk about entitlement. Park a block away and walk. My senses are tingling and they are telling me: weight problems. It can only be good for you, hunny.

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  16. Very few schools actually have parking in the front. You re probably all in the bus lane. :). Maybe check with the office for the best place to park

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  17. The current mentality is if Mrs. Jones parks where she isn’t supposed to, then I will, too. Instead of making a difference and doing it properly because that’s the respectful thing to do. Change takes just one person to set an example.

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