What a day!
My husband and i decided to go shopping and make a day of it, basically we just wanted to browse and spend the day away from our everyday routine. We travelled to a city not too far from home. Our first stop was a mall ( which is rare in Greece ) and parked our car in a Disabled parking. We spent an hour or so shopping and decided that we would move on. Getting back to our car, and to our surprise, in the next disabled parking space there was a fair size truck parked diagonally, I guess the person was in a rush to get to the Sales. Needless to say, i checked to see if the person was allowed to park there. Low and behold, NO, and to make things worse i could not get my husband in the car as the wheelchair could not get to the passenger door, to put it mildly, i was fuming. I got the car out of the parking space, loaded our purchases and off we went………..( still fuming and ranting ).
Next stop….We decided to stop at IKEA, which has a HUGE parking lot and 7 or 8 disabled parking space. I guess you can imagine , once again, no space available. I am assuming that because of the rain, those spaces were closer to the entrance and so much easier to park instead of going 3 spaces further down. The hairdos and pretty clothes would get ruined in the rain,,,so sad. Meanwhile, i had to park at the far end of the parking lane ( it had stopped raining at that point ) so i guess we should be thankful. As we are wheeling towards the store, one of the nice people that parked in the disabled parking space was putting his purchases in his car and i pleasantly asked him if he should have parked there, he replied NO, i am sorry and asked if he should remove the car….My reply was ” too late don’t you think?” shrugged his shoulders and went back inside the store. I guess people still do not realise what those spaces are for.
The best of all is when they park in front of a ramp…I am no superwoman to haul my spouse and the wheelchair up on the sidewalk.
What happened to sensitivity towards the disabled….Do people really think that the disabled want to be in the wheelchair? All they ask and want is to be able to access the same places that everybody else does….is that so hard to understand?