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What would you do?

By 5 March 2009 131

Living in my street, I tend to notice who does what, and the neighbours and the gossip factory are well established.

One of the people in our street, a young lad, has been working for a real estate company. He’s got a flash new car.

He lives at home, with mum and dad, we all know that. Dad is a doctor (GP). The whole street knows that.

The young lad is a fit fellow. We all see him.

What disturbs me, is that I see his flash new car parked in Tuggeranong in a disabled car park every day only a few metres from the real estate agents office front door.

This raises several questions, of which I am disturbed, but of course do not know the truth :

- Does the son have a genuine disability (not that I, or the gossiping neighbours in our street have ever, ever noticed)?
- Has dad, in his capacity of a GP rorted the system and gotten a disabled sticker for the son, such that he can avoid paying for parking like the rest of us do?

Nobody in our street likes the family. Their house is a brothel, it is literally a pigsty. Old broken car park, unkempt lawns, sheets for curtains. Yes, this is the house of a family GP and family. To see it, you’d say ‘Oh my gawd’. So from that I reckon the father, the GP, really couldn’t give a sh-ite and thus a dodgy disabled sticker wouldn’t even worry him at all.

So, what would you do?

Nothing?
Confront the kid?
Confront the dad?

UPDATED: Vic Bitterman has admitted that he jumped the shark in this case with the following statement made in the comments:

    I have just spoken with [Name supressed] on the phone. I was out of line and I apologised. I will make amends. My learning point, as I said before, is to mind my own business and not jump to conclusions.

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131 Responses to What would you do?
#1
Peppablack10:39 am, 05 Mar 09

Just report his vehicle to Motor Registry if you feel that he genuinely has no disability and is abusing the system, and his sticker will be confiscated. That will give his GP father something to think about. ha

#2
Granny10:42 am, 05 Mar 09

As a person who has a disabled sticker for my daughter it certainly does bother me when I can’t get a space because somebody else has parked there.

I have also known people to rort the system. A friend had a sticker and, although a medical condition existed, they could and did easily walk the distances that should have precluded a sticker.

Nevertheless, I have been called on it before by other people with disabled stickers and it makes me furious.

I never use it when my daughter is not in the car, and I really don’t want to discuss my personal business with strangers. They are always appalled when they realise the extent of my daughter’s disability, but it is just another upset I don’t need in my day.

So, if you challenge it you might end up with egg on your face. However, if you see him often walking the required distance you may wish to make a call to the relevant department. It is really annoying when people cheat in this fashion.

#3
deye10:48 am, 05 Mar 09

Does he just park there, or does he have a sticker on the car ?

#4
puzzlepunk10:57 am, 05 Mar 09

Key his car – not for being parked in a disabled spot, but for being a real estate agent.

#5
Spam Box11:11 am, 05 Mar 09

If it’s there often then the answer is simple, express your concerns to the relevant authority and they will check on it. Another way is to post the identifying info here and we can check it out for sport. ;)

#6
AG Canberra11:20 am, 05 Mar 09

A friend has only one leg – and was abused by a person for using a disabled parking space.

The bloke quickly changed his tune when my friend kicked him in the shin with her prosthetic leg. Must’ve left an awful bruise!

Always be sure of the facts before confronting someone….

#7
Rawhide Kid No 211:30 am, 05 Mar 09

He could have a bad back…And we all know what its like to have a bad back…Good one day , Bloody hell the next.

#8
Rawhide Kid No 211:33 am, 05 Mar 09

Any way If you have a Disable Label for your car you don’t have to park in a Disable Parking space. You can park in metered spaces for a few hours at a time free.

#9
deezagood12:05 pm, 05 Mar 09

Seeing non-disabled people parking in disabled spots sends me over the edge .. grrrrr – report him to the police.

#10
Pommy bastard12:18 pm, 05 Mar 09

AG Canberra said :

A friend has only one leg – and was abused by a person for using a disabled parking space.

The bloke quickly changed his tune when my friend kicked him in the shin with her prosthetic leg. Must’ve left an awful bruise!

Always be sure of the facts before confronting someone….

Heh, back in the UK I used to have a mate, an ex-para, who lost his leg due to a parachute accident. Despite his disability he was one hell of a fit and mean mother******.

He used to take great delight in “boxing in” people parked without disabled stickers in disabled spaces. He used to take even greater delight in confronting them. (He used to wear shorts displaying his prosthesis) His favourite line; “Yes I have boxed you in, and now I’m going away to do some shopping. I’ll be back just after the traffic warden’s been.”

#11
Loz12:26 pm, 05 Mar 09

Here’s what I would do, I would consider the following –

a) Not all disabilities are visible.

b) Not all disabilities are permananent.

The OP obviously lives in Calwell and I know the person this post refers to. The ‘Fit’ young lad in question is fit because he plays a sport and sometimes sportspeople are known to collect the odd injury or two. This unfortunate young lad scored himself a knee injury that required a knee reconstruction. Hence he has a disabled parking lable for his car for a few weeks while his leg heals.

Seems fair, right?

What IS unfair is questioning his old mans integrity as a GP based on the state of the front lawn…

#12
dexi12:30 pm, 05 Mar 09

An old neighbour challenged a disabled parker who did not have a sticker. She is very Dutch. Turned out to be one of the Hinton boys. A fracas insured the police where called. I believe he ended up in court on assault charges.

Be careful who you challenge because you never know what kind of turd will park in a disabled spot.

#13
realityskin12:31 pm, 05 Mar 09

haha GOLD

#14
mrnamjama12:37 pm, 05 Mar 09

Also, remember that not all disabled people drive themselves and need to be dropped off and picked up by family – who get a disabled sticker for this purpose.

#15
dexi12:57 pm, 05 Mar 09

My apologies that last comment may have not come out right.

You never know who is parking. Leave it to the lovely parking inspectors to sort out or take a pick and post it on RA.

#16
aa1:19 pm, 05 Mar 09

Pommy bastard, if someone had boxed me in like your friend did (not that i ever park in disabled parking) but i’d engrave my name all over ever bit of panel on his car.

#17
benm231:24 pm, 05 Mar 09

I am the young lad in question. There are 2 sides to every story

My name is [Name supressed] and my phone number is [Number supressed].

I’m happy to discuss your perception of things.

Alternatively, you know where I work and I am happy to talk about this in person also.

Thankyou

[Name supressed]

#18
peterh1:56 pm, 05 Mar 09

benm23 said :

I am the young lad in question. There are 2 sides to every story

My name is [Name supressed] and my phone number is.

I’m happy to discuss your perception of things.

Alternatively, you know where I work and I am happy to talk about this in person also.

Thankyou

[Name supressed]

Hi [Name supressed],

for those of us who won’t be phoning you, what is the other side of the story?

#19
cantanga2:02 pm, 05 Mar 09

The truth?
Damn
What a way to ruin a good whinge and a grapevine rumour at the same time. Spoilsport.

#20
peterh2:04 pm, 05 Mar 09

dexi said :

An old neighbour challenged a disabled parker who did not have a sticker. She is very Dutch. Turned out to be one of the Hinton boys. A fracas insured the police where called. I believe he ended up in court on assault charges.

Be careful who you challenge because you never know what kind of turd will park in a disabled spot.

i was waiting for the hintons to get a mention. they have always been great people i have known, and i have never seen them park in a disabled spot….

#21
MM862:13 pm, 05 Mar 09

Wow what a great town we live in.. Not only are some people quick to judge, but they then go onto the Internet and not only post BS about a person, but then feel the need to attack their family, as well as making more personal judgments- because they saw a front lawn- wow..

Then to top it of question the ethical standard of a GP.. That is sure to help recruit more doctors to Canberra when people use something as ridiculous as this to question their credibility..

#22
Kramer2:14 pm, 05 Mar 09

Benm23 appears to be a legit.

So Vic we await confirmation or an apology.

#23
Loz2:14 pm, 05 Mar 09

Peterh – the other side of the story is @ post #11

#24
Kramer2:17 pm, 05 Mar 09

BTW – I wouldn’t judge people by the house they live in, regardless of their employment. Who knows, whether they invested all of their income in the stock market? or maybe they (like me) hate gardening?

#25
peterh2:23 pm, 05 Mar 09

Kramer said :

BTW – I wouldn’t judge people by the house they live in, regardless of their employment. Who knows, whether they invested all of their income in the stock market? or maybe they (like me) hate gardening?

gardening in my house ended with the drought. feel free to pick on me for my house, if you know where i live, i really don’t care..

oh, and Loz, i thought as much, but just wanted to see if benm23 could confirm.

any updates, vic?

#26
BerraBoy682:25 pm, 05 Mar 09

Loz said :

Here’s what I would do, I would consider the following -

a) Not all disabilities are visible.

b) Not all disabilities are permananent.

The OP obviously lives in Calwell and I know the person this post refers to. The ‘Fit’ young lad in question is fit because he plays a sport and sometimes sportspeople are known to collect the odd injury or two. This unfortunate young lad scored himself a knee injury that required a knee reconstruction. Hence he has a disabled parking lable for his car for a few weeks while his leg heals.

Seems fair, right?

What IS unfair is questioning his old mans integrity as a GP based on the state of the front lawn…

Thanks Loz anbd [Name supressed] for clarification. I have to say though, that I’ve had my right knee reconstructed three times in the past 20 years and each time I’ve required extensive rehabilitation. Never once following any of these operations was I ever offered a disabled permit by my surgeon or GP. It wasn’t even talked about. I’d like to think that even if I had been offered I wouldn’t have used it. My best mate is in a wheelchair after a major helicopter accident and I hate it when we go out and he can’t park close to our desination due to other significanly less diabled people using the spots. I know there are degree’s of injury but I beleive these spots should be left, where possible, for permenantly disabled people.

I hope ‘[Name supressed]‘ recovers quickly and destroys the permit the moment he can walk properly.

I’m also not sure of wisdom of keeping [Name supressed] phone number in public view though. He seesm to be quite young and posting it here may not have been the wisest of decisions.

#27
Loz2:27 pm, 05 Mar 09

No worries Peterh. I suspect [Name supressed] won’t be able to drop in and confirm anything until his working day is over.

#28
Gobbo2:31 pm, 05 Mar 09

aa said :

Pommy bastard, if someone had boxed me in like your friend did (not that i ever park in disabled parking) but i’d engrave my name all over ever bit of panel on his car.

If you couldn’t move your car because it was boxed in, and you had keyed your name all over ever bit of panel on the car, I think you would be done like a dinner, my love.

:-D

Try keying someone else’s name instead. ;-)

#29
Jim Jones2:38 pm, 05 Mar 09

peterh said :

i was waiting for the hintons to get a mention. they have always been great people i have known, and i have never seen them park in a disabled spot….

Holy sh1t dude. No way.

#30
ant2:48 pm, 05 Mar 09

Dob him the flap in! You know you want to. If you can’t see that he suffers from a disability, warranting a special car space, then chances are he doesn’t warrant a special carspace. Not all PWD get a carspace, only those with a specific need for one. and this is assuming he has some form of disability. which he possibly doesn’t.

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