We’ve all seen people park in handicapped spots who appear to have no disability. Often, we are told the disability is something along the lines of asthma or a bad heart or some affliction which makes walking across the parking lot difficult.
So I’m wondering what makes walking across the parking lot much worse than walking around the store. I can understand if it is a really hot day, but in general this isn’t the case. Is the extra distance across the parking lot really the difference here? It seems that the distance spent walking around the store would dwarf the distance walked in the parking lot.
About the only time I don’t wonder about the authenticity of the handicapped space user is when a wheelchair is involved. For them, if nothing else, the extra space is a necessity. I think this really hit home with me the other day when I saw someone use a handicapped spot because their passenger was blind. Granted, being blind is a handicap, but one which means it is more difficult to walk? I can understand that it might be a bit more difficult than for a sighted person, but I didn’t think it would be that much more difficult.
I don’t mean to slight anyone. It really is that I just don’t understand, so I’m looking for insights which I don’t have. If I sound cold, I apologize. Please, chalk up to ignorance any perceived animosity.