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Handicapped Bathrooms & Parking Spaces

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How do you feel about using a handicapped bathroom stall or parking in a handicapped parking space? Before I needed to use them, I don’t believe that I gave it much thought, especially the parking spaces. I’ve heard stories about people taking those spaces just because they wanted to get a closer parking spot. I didn’t pay attention before because it didn’t affect me.
As for the extra large bathroom stalls, I used them when the kids were little and we needed to stay together. To be honest, once they were old enough and could do things on their own, I still preferred the larger stall. It was big and I feel the need to use the word cozy here. But that’s just gross. Anyways, you get my point.

That was then, this is now. I have a totally different opinion now. Those spaces were designed for people who need them. Why don’t people care about that? Are we that lazy that we can’t park a few spots away and give the people who truly need them the option to park there? Isn’t this the age of fitbit and getting more steps has become a way of life? Unless…We’re in a hurry.

Megan and I went to a concert last summer. As we’re sitting in the car waiting for the gates to open, a car full of kids pulled into the handicapped lot and they all jumped out of the car and ran to the entrance. It was clearly not their placard they used. Forgive me for sounding judgmental, but sometimes I watch people get out of their cars who use those spots.

It’s not always obvious what each individuals needs are and many times I question if they really need that spot. I realize that I shouldn’t do that. Don’t get me started about not putting shopping carts in the cart stall. I don’t always use the handicapped parking space but I ALWAYS return my cart.

Back in the days when I was still in a wheelchair, I went to a seminar with a friend. That time came when I had to use the restroom. As I was headed that way, there was a woman who had the same idea. If you can believe this, she RAN so she could get in front of me so she could use the big stall.

I couldn’t believe it! She knew I needed that stall and she knew I was headed to the bathroom. It was completely obvious what I needed. But no! She had to get there first. And spent a good long time in there. I should mention there were a lot of open stalls too.

It’s important to realize that there’s only a limited number of handicapped spots. Save them for the folks who truly need them. End rant.

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