While making a stop at my local strip mall I witnessed the car pictured below pull into one of the two handicap parking stalls. As you can see from the picture it is clearly marked as handicap parking only.
Two young women emerged from the vehicle and I waited a bit to see if they were going to place the handicap placard on the dash or hang it from the rear view mirror as required by law. They did not. I spoke with them advising the this spot is allocated for handicap only.
The driver replied, “there is no other parking!” and proceeded to get her pizza delivery bag and head into Papa John’s Pizza. I was dumbfounded. This is a small strip mall with two unoccupied stores and plenty of parking. The handicap spot was the first vacant spot closest to Papa John’s Pizza.
This is one of my pet peeves and the total disregard for the law and the disrespect for the necessity of handicap parking I got angry. On my way home I called the Clareview Papa John’s and spoke with the manager.
He apologized and said that he would speak with the driver and have the vehicle moved immediately I would like to believe that he was sincere. I can only hope that in the future this arrogant young woman will stop a second and think about why there is a need for handicap parking and maybe just maybe refrain from using it.