Think Before You Park And Pee: A PSA
If you’re disabled like my husband and I are, or know someone who is, you probably will understand where I’m coming from. Have you ever drove around Walmart’s parking lot for fifteen minutes looking for a handicapped spot, only to find there’s NONE in sight? Better yet, have you waited in the parking lot until a spot was free, and you see someone fully able to park elsewhere, hop in their car and drive off like it was nothing?
I don’t know about you, but I always want to have ‘’come to Jesus’’ meetings with these kinds of people. I know, some people have disabilities that are unseen and they actually need handicapped spots..I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the kinds of people who just want to run into a store and run out quickly. If you do not have time to walk to and from your car in a regular parking spot, then go to the store at a time you are less rushed, plain and simple.
Now, I’m not trying to call anyone out here, I’m really not. I just don’t think a lot of people realize how hard it is for people with disabilities to get in and out of their vehicles. From the time I was little, I always had conversion vans with lifts in them to get my wheelchair in and out. There is no way I could ever park in a normal parking spot. There is no room to get a lift down when there’s another car parked beside me.
When someone who isn’t disabled parks in a handicapped parking spot, it takes away a place that someone else may truly need. Your convenience may cause an inconvenience for someone else. This applies to handicapped stalls as well. People with disabilities have to go to the restroom too, and sometimes they need assistance from caregivers, like I do. They cannot do that when some able bodied person is taking up the stall. I have experienced the non-accessible public restrooms before and let’s just say they aren’t fun. My mom can attest to this as well.
For years, when we would travel on family vacations, mom would have to physically lift me to help me out of my wheelchair to use the restroom, and sometimes when the accessible stalls were filled we would have to use a normal stall. It was like fitting in a clown car at times, trying to fit in this stall. By the time we got done, mom and I felt like we just ran a marathon, we were so exhausted! Then by the time mom got me back in my chair a lady perfectly capable of using a normal stall, waltzes out. There’s nothing quite as irritating as that. All I’m asking is for people to be considerate of others and use common sense. Thanks, mom for doing that for so many years, and maybe even dad too on occasions, when emergencies arose. So think before you park and pee!
Alicia Morrison www.wordsuntamed.com