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Is it just me?

By The_TaxMan - 12 June 2012 65

When it comes to parking I really only have 1 gripe and that is with people that park in Disabled Spots when they are clearly not disabled. Before anyone comes back with “Just because they don’t look disabled doesn’t mean thier not” I agree but you see to qualify for an MPP (Mobility Parking Permit) you MUST meet one of the following criteria

  • Confined to wheel chair.
  • Has lost one or both legs.
  • Suffers from chronic and seriously debilitating respiratory, cardiac, or arthritic conditions that affect mobility.
  • Utilises walking aids.
  • Is permanently blind.
  • So as you can see it is fairly easy to determine whether the 20something yr old you saw getting out of the car in a mini skirt and 6″ stiletto heels meets the criteria, in fact in NSW it is further qualified by the extra clause

  • can walk 100 metres unaided
  • I work in Civic and am daily subjected to a person form my building parking illegally every day in a Disabled spot. They use a NSW permit in the ACT and neither the NSW nor the ACT Guv have the authority ‘apparently’ nor the will ‘obviously’ to do something about it.

    I don’t care if someone uses a Permit to get free parking so be it but to park in a disabled spot meaning that people in genuine need cannot is not only illegal but immoral as well.

    This has been bought to the persons attention ‘no change’ other than an implied threat that I persist they will accuse me of bullying and because bullying is accepted as fact merely by percepion i cannot ‘ask’ that person not to do it. It has been reported to their boss, no care ‘outside of work’ a story printed in the weekly organisation news letter ‘no care’ reported to ACT Gov ‘no care’ NSW permit, reported to NSW Gov ‘no care’ offence in the ACT. Used to be people would do the right thing if asked but seems that those that believe they are ‘owed’ something by society in general don’t give a flying rat’s arse providing it doesn’t upset their personal feelings and F##k everybody else.

    So what would you people do? Now try and be constructive ‘yes i know for some that is impossible’

    What’s Your opinion?


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    Is it just me?
    pink little birdie 4:03 pm 12 Jun 12

    beejay76 said :

    I have a friend with rheumatoid arthritis (in her thirties) and another with multiple sclerosis, also in her thirties. Neither ‘looks’ disabled. They are, though.

    I know you explicitly said you don’t want to hear that. Whether you want to hear it or not, it’s still true.

    but they also aren’t going to be wearing the 6 inch stilletos either…
    all the people in my disablitity support group don’t wear stilletos (can’t super painful and would do damage balances) the girls don’t wear miniskirts either (make it worse show disfigurements)

    amaroovian 3:58 pm 12 Jun 12

    Unfortunately I know exactly who the OP is talking about and the same person almost ran me over mid last week, when she pulled into the JB Hi Fi loading dock driveway while gasbagging on her mobile phone so she could do a u turn to grab the disabled spot right outside the Griffin Centre. I had the misfortune to be in the way (walking on the footpath) and obstructing her chosen route. I didn’t bother giving her a mouthful, what’s the point when the care factor is obviously so low.

    I know that’s probably not right, people with a sense of entitlement most likely get that way because no one calls them on things, but I know a protected species when I see one. It’s disappointing no one will take action, but I just take solace in the fact that at some point the old adage “what goes around comes around” catches up with everyone.

    DrKoresh 3:48 pm 12 Jun 12

    Why has no-one proffered not only the most obvious solution, but also one that would satisfy all parties? Cripple her.

    aceofspades 3:45 pm 12 Jun 12

    How do they manage disabled parking at the Wheel Chair Olympics?

    EvanJames 3:34 pm 12 Jun 12

    Dilandach said :

    Using a disabled permit while not being disabled themselves says to me that they’re morally damaged.

    Get a bunch of disabled people together, get them to confront the person on why they should be using that permit.

    Better than that, get a bunch of disabled people together, and vandalise the crap out of his/her car! Now THAT’S bullying.

    jasmine 3:31 pm 12 Jun 12

    A few years ago when my IBS was at its worst I was trying to get a job that met all the criteria necessary for me to be able to re-enter the workforce. The most important was a car space as near as possible to the building to allow for quick dashes to the powder room (if you get my drift). Others included not a lot of public contact so that I did not have to interrupt a conversation, meeting for same reason or travel in a plane.

    Through an agency, I was offerred a job in a graduate recruitment type role and unfortunately the first criteria of a car space was able to be met if I had a disabled parking sticker. The area was Barton so car parking was a bit of an issue and the building sat on the edge of Barton a bit removed from the main car park.

    I went to the Dr who told me I was not disabled enough to get a sticker so in the end had to forgo the job. I could have persisted but at that stage I was rather upset about it and the experience really bought home to me the lack of information and knowledge about IBS even among GPs back then.

    Thankfully I worked around it and managed to find a couple of jobs since then that fit the criteria even getting a letter from same doctor to one of my employers to allow for an underground park on the days I worked. IBS is not like other illnesses, some days you are okay others not. The trouble is you can wake up and be okay and then 1/2 later it strikes. I won’t go into the gory details.

    Avoiding traffic jams is another fun adventure, which works if you leave just after the peak hour (such as it is in Canberra) eg. if you want to go to Woden shops and leave before lunchtime crowd. People with disabilities and illnesses often learn tricks of the trade to manage their conditions the best way possible.

    The point of all that is to say that really you cannot tell if someone is ‘worthy’ of a sticker or not just by appearances young and pointy heels or not. It really is the case, but I agree that those who just use these spaces because they are lazy make it very difficult for those who struggle with mobility.

    beejay76 3:24 pm 12 Jun 12

    I have a friend with rheumatoid arthritis (in her thirties) and another with multiple sclerosis, also in her thirties. Neither ‘looks’ disabled. They are, though.

    I know you explicitly said you don’t want to hear that. Whether you want to hear it or not, it’s still true.

    pink little birdie 3:23 pm 12 Jun 12

    1. buy posterboard, large pen superglue (pay cash)
    2. get someone else to write “you park like an A$$hole” on both sides (can’t trace your handwriting)
    3. super glue to windscreen (wearing gloves). (it’s won’t damage the glass)

    4. laugh

    I don’t like people who park in disabled spots when they aren’t disabled. stupid jerkfaces. particularly when there are people in the office who need them (wheelchair, crutches, walking frames). hmmmm so I don’t qualify for a parking spot in NSW good to know. (I don’t actually have one as I think there are people who need them more then I and I can just walk that little bit slower when needed and rest a little bit more)

    The_Bulldog 3:18 pm 12 Jun 12

    I’ve got one in my office too. Her only obvious disability seems to be that she’s a massive tool – but I don’t know for sure so I mind my own business and trust karma to sort it out. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the idea of someone taking priority away from those in need, but raising the matter in a constructive manner with this particular person is pretty clearly impossible.

    Another bloke I work with uses a carer’s pass to flout the parking gods. It’s been issued despite the fact he’d be flat out carting his mum around once a week. Most days he’s still in the wheelie-spots. I chipped him about it one day and basically felt it was an entitlement for the stuff he has to do for his Mum. Didn’t really know how to respond to that without hurting his feelings…

    DJ Mac 2:57 pm 12 Jun 12

    jessieduck said :

    Are you drunk at 2pm on a Tuesday? Half your sentences don’t make sense.

    Despite all that, I do understand your point but if you have tried to address it, and everyone is basically telling you to mind your own business then… maybe it’s time to mind your own business.

    Basically, yes. I find it interesting that you have put so much time and effort into this.

    OK if you know this person and their situation yes maybe you can get angry, but it sounds like you have tried everything to get this person to stop and all you are doing is getting yourself het up. Maybe it’s time to step back and hope Karma takes care of them, because all you are doing at this point is stressing yourself out.

    I am reasonably fit and health and I have faced down people yelling at me for parking in a disabled space. I volunteer for a community group that takes people who ARE disabled out shopping, to doctors appointments etc. I am not disabled but if I am picking up someone in a wheelchair, or with limited mobility – yes I do have the right to park there, I need the extra space to get wheelchairs etc in and out of the car, sometimes the people I am helping can’t walk far on their own, even with support. So sometimes the situation ISN’T as cut and dried as it seems at first.

    arescarti42 2:47 pm 12 Jun 12

    Ok, supposing the person you are referring to is in fact not disabled, this is really simple. You just need to accept that a lot of people are assholes. Kudos to you for challenging them, and letting them know that their behavior is unacceptable. You’ve done what you can and it didn’t work, the best thing to do now is to drop it and try and not let it bother you.

    Dilandach 2:44 pm 12 Jun 12

    Using a disabled permit while not being disabled themselves says to me that they’re morally damaged.

    Get a bunch of disabled people together, get them to confront the person on why they should be using that permit.

    Gershwin 2:34 pm 12 Jun 12

    The quotation mark. You keep using that ‘punctuation’. I do not ‘think’ it means what ‘you’ think it means.

    Keijidosha 2:20 pm 12 Jun 12

    If you needlessly worry about individuals who milk the system you will live a morose, frustrated existence. Instead of trying to coerce one scumbag to change their ways you could put that time into something positive for the wider disabled community – maybe lobbying for changes to make the permit system better/fairer?

    jessieduck 2:17 pm 12 Jun 12

    Are you drunk at 2pm on a Tuesday? Half your sentences don’t make sense.

    Despite all that, I do understand your point but if you have tried to address it, and everyone is basically telling you to mind your own business then… maybe it’s time to mind your own business.

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