Google Something Clever 2.0: Handicapped Parking

Jul 20, 2012

Handicapped Parking

Wanna see something outrageous?

This guy. This truck is taking up three handicapped parking spots and the van ramp area. “So what?” you say, because you have Oppositional Defiant Disorder. “He has a placard. Maybe he needs that giant truck to carry a motorized wheelchair or something.” No, look again. See the commercial plate? Hmm, that’s odd.

He has a truck because he needs it to haul his lawnmover. For work. So somehow, this guy is physically unable to travel more than 20 feet to the door of the grocery store, yet he can operate a lawnmower? That’s not a ride-on.

I checked the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles website, and they say that placards are for “Anyone who is legally blind or whose medical professional provides a clinical diagnosis and certifies that the person cannot walk 200 feet without rest or use of an ambulatory aide.”

It would seem to me that a landscaper has to walk more than 200 feet on your average day. I have a very small yard, but mowing it definitely tires me out. But walking through a parking lot? Not much of a challenge.

Maybe if it wasn’t for guys like this abusing the system, we wouldn’t need to have such a ridiculous amount of handicapped spots. At a larger store, like Target, sometimes the first five spots in every row are handicapped. There cannot be that many truly disabled people shopping at Target in a week, never mind all at once. Callahan State Park in Framingham is a 100-acre expanse of trails and fields, and they have a handicapped spot in their dirt parking lot. Again, trails and fields. Because we wouldn’t want some poor disabled soul over-exerting themselves walking through the tiny parking lot on their way to… hike? Cross-country ski?

What the hell!

I should add that of course it's possible that a landscaper was giving his blind uncle a ride or something. But he still took up three spots and the ramp area. There's no excuse for that.