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    Handicapped Spots

    Maybe I am inciting a riot here but over half of the people I see that park in handicapped parking spots do not appear to be handicapped at all. The sad part is that almost half of the "mildly" handicapped people who park there appear to have the same physical ailment. They are simply "FAT". I can't help but wonder why someone would put their bodies in that condition because of laziness when there are so many fun ways to stay fit like cycling out there.

    Anyway....You guys can "fire away" now. I just needed to vent
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    I sometimes park in handicapped spaces while handicapped people make handicapped faces.
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    To be fair, sometimes handicapped parking spaces are pretty ridiculous. For example, a small business with four parking spaces, two of them designated as handicapped spots. I don't know what the solution is, and I certainly wouldn't be in favor of completely abolishing handicapped parking spots, but it can sometimes be frustrating. (On the inverse, I'm sure having a genuine need for such a parking spot and not being able to find one is also frustrating.)

    That said, someone parking in a handicapped spot because they are simply too lazy or out of shape to walk the extra distance ought to be ground up and fed to dog poop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    I sometimes park in handicapped spaces while handicapped people make handicapped faces.
    Because you're an assho-lio-lio, lio-lio, lio-lio, yes the world's biggest *******!

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136
    Because you're an assho-lio-lio, lio-lio, lio-lio, yes the world's biggest *******!

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    According to most DMV's a disabled persons placard is issued if the person applying has a heart or lung disease (where walking in excess of 200' is physically dangerous), is partially or fully blind, or has lost or lost the use of an appendage.

    People can get a temporary placard by a doctor's order if they're recovering from an accident or any type of surgery the physician deems justifiable.

    They don't (as far as I can see) just give out disabled person's placards to obese people. I don't have one, for example. (What's a little sandbagging, betwixt friends?)

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    I drive really slow, in the ultra-fast lane, while people behind me are going insane.

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    Sad case at the courthouse about this. Some idiot parks in the handicap spot in front of the courthouse. So a real handicapped lady with a special wheelchair van comes in and can't find a parking spot, so she parks one over from the handicapped spot and leaves to do her business (in a wheelchair). Turns out this next spot over is reserved parking for one of the judges. When he shows up and finds his spot taken, he gets throws a tantrum and LETS THE AIR OUT OF THE TYRE HANDICAP LADY'S VAN!!!

    That made for some headline stories the next day. And of course, did the guy who parked in the handicap spot get a ticket? NO!!! Did the judge somehow get reprimanded? NO!!!

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    handicapped spot robbers don't irritate me as much as the f^ckers that park in fire lanes becuase they're either "self-entitled" or they're too f^cking lazy to walk another 30 feet.

    i like to tell 'em "nice parking - you clown *******!"

    damn all this hate and rage.

    they're still f^ckers.

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    Thats cuz u get special powers when u r a judge.
    says so on the little placard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tappets
    handicapped spot robbers don't irritate me as much as the f^ckers that park in fire lanes becuase they're either "self-entitled" or they're too f^cking lazy to walk another 30 feet.

    i like to tell 'em "nice parking - you clown *******!"

    damn all this hate and rage.

    they're still f^ckers.
    I think the only people worse than the people who do that are the people who get fed up over it. It has been proven that Your hair line can receed two to five times faster when you worry about such such stuff that you have no control over your life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasGuy
    I think the only people worse than the people who do that are the people who get fed up over it. It has been proven that Your hair line can receed two to five times faster when you worry about such such stuff that you have no control over your life.

    so, i'm guessing you park in the fire lane...

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    I've got a friend with MS and he has a handicapped license plate. He can walk, but it's pretty uncomfortable, especially on a hot day (93° outside right now), and some days he needs a cane. So if you see someone park in a handicapped space and they appear not to be, it might be best to just let it slide.

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    At my old job we only had like 6 or 7 parking spots, including a handicapped spot.

    Only problem was that we had about 10 to 20 people working at any given day. When the regular marked spots were taken, people simply parked on a grassy spot outside the lot. And yeah, the handicapped spot was routinely used by myself and others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Mouse
    I've got a friend with MS and he has a handicapped license plate. He can walk, but it's pretty uncomfortable, especially on a hot day (93° outside right now), and some days he needs a cane. So if you see someone park in a handicapped space and they appear not to be, it might be best to just let it slide.

    Agreed. An acquaintance of mine is a veteran of several combat tours in Vietnam. His knees, hips, and ankle are patched together. He can walk a short distance before the pain gets too intense. He doesn't look handicapped, all handicapped people don't necessarily require canes or wheelchairs. Lotta recent disabled veterans out there. You can't always tell who is handicapped. If they have a handicapped placard or plate, they probably need it.
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    I just ride my bike to the store and park inside

    Although, the "preggo mom" spots next to the handicap spots do annoy me a little bit. I'll park in those just to be a jerk sometimes. If you're too preggers to waddle your butt into the store from a normal parking space, you should make your wonderful husband go into the store for you, or at least drop you off at the door.
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    I saw Handicapped Spots and thought this was a thread about physically and mentally challenged canines. Speaking of which, what did the three legged dog say as it walked into the old west salloon?

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    We have a handicap plate for the wife....

    She doesn't look handicapped until she experiences vertigo and suddenly falls. This can happen even with a cane. She has only one inner ear due to cancer and losing the inner ear with the tumor body (this is why she rides a recumbent trike). A handicap isn't readily apparent, just so Y'all know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x136
    To be fair, sometimes handicapped parking spaces are pretty ridiculous. For example, a small business with four parking spaces, two of them designated as handicapped spots. I don't know what the solution is, and I certainly wouldn't be in favor of completely abolishing handicapped parking spots, but it can sometimes be frustrating. (On the inverse, I'm sure having a genuine need for such a parking spot and not being able to find one is also frustrating.)

    That said, someone parking in a handicapped spot because they are simply too lazy or out of shape to walk the extra distance ought to be ground up and fed to dog poop.
    Ummm, it's because that's the law. They have to have a certain amount of handicapped parking.

    Interestingly i was talking with my grandparents about this the other day, they recently gave in and have moved down to the US retirement home (IE central florida). They say that when they come up here there is never an issue finding a spot, but down there getting a handicap parking spot becomes a much desired tallent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
    We have a handicap plate for the wife....

    She doesn't look handicapped until she experiences vertigo and suddenly falls. This can happen even with a cane. She has only one inner ear due to cancer and losing the inner ear with the tumor body (this is why she rides a recumbent trike). A handicap isn't readily apparent, just so Y'all know.
    Lies!

    Don't you know handicap people must always be in a wheelchair?!

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    There are certain behaviors by which one can infer a person's character. Using a 'handicap' space without need telegraphs to the world a great number of things about that person. . .trust them at your peril.

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    I don't assume someone's capabilities on sight, I accept that many don't look handicapped. But all one needs to do is check for the sticker.

    Over here, it's not so much a problem as the soccer moms in SUVs using the "family" spaces - regardless of whether they have the brood or not. I guess they figure, "well I have kids, so that counts yeah?"

    I challenged one one day and she just gave me some crap about going to pick them up. Total BS - if you drive that monstrosity it's a sure bet you ferry your kids everywhere - you were just going to nip in to get a half double decaf half caf with a twist of lemon, you lying selfish beotch. Shameless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tappets
    handicapped spot robbers don't irritate me as much as the f^ckers that park in fire lanes becuase they're either "self-entitled" or they're too f^cking lazy to walk another 30 feet.

    i like to tell 'em "nice parking - you clown *******!"

    damn all this hate and rage.

    they're still f^ckers.
    from a personnal point of view from someone who lost a lot in a fire,I can tell you that i have no pity for people who park in our fire lane, they get automaticly towed, I have lived through what a fire can destroy and it's more then material things and I wont let anyone hurt our chance of making it if something ever happends again.

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    Heart disease. Emphysema. Severe arthritis. Recent surgery. Cancer. People can look "perfectly normal" with any of and have desparate need for the handicap placards or plates. It is also possible that a perfectly healthy person is parking a car for a needy freind or family member who will be coming out of the store etc. and driving away - I've done this a time or two along the way. Don't be so quick to judge.

    However, I encourage everyone to investigate. On a number of occasions, I have seen a seemingly healthy person park in the H-spot (just down the street for the G-spot ) and made a point to stroll over to make sure they had the proper placard hanging from the mirror or the proper license plate. They almost always do. Once or twice, the person has figured out what I'm up to, has told me (briefly) what their condition was and thanked me for checking. Over the years, I have challenged two, maybe three people who parked in the H-spot with no card, no handicap and no clue. Some folks truly are jerks about, but many can be shamed or persuaded to do the right thing. And some really are that clueless and simply need to be taught.
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    My brother used to tease me and say that we could park in the handicapped space as long as we put my picture up in the window.

    What's really silly is that at one of the grocery stores we have here in the Salt Lake Valley, there are several designated spots for pregnant women. WTF is up with that? They are outlined in red with stupid, abstract storks carrying babies painted on them. I'd like to know exactly what their policy is for using those spaces. Does a women have to be a at least 2 trimesters in or can she just barely have concieved?

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