Handicapped Parking Spots Are NOT Loading Zones

Today I went to my local pharmacy, it took me a minute before I could park because a UPS truck was making a wide turn through the parking lot. And to my astonishment, he backed into a handicapped-only parking spot. I walked past the UPS driver as he exited his truck, and said, “Do you realize you’re parked in a handicapped parking spot?” His response was “OK” and he walked into the store carrying his package. I shot back, “what do you mean, ‘OK,’ you mean it’s OK for you to park here?” He ignored me and continued into the store to make his delivery.

Mr. UPS Driver, you are a professional and are well aware you are not permitted to park in that spot. I use this pharmacy often, and I know the FedEx and USPO drivers don’t park in the handicapped spot. These parking spots are for disabled people coming to the store for their medicine, they are not for the convenience of agile deliverymen. I suppose I wouldn’t be so outraged except this UPS guy illegally parked in front of a pharmacy a few blocks from the largest hospital in the state, surely this is one of the most vital handicapped parking spots in the city.

So I decided to take a little trip out to the UPS depot and register a complaint with their manager. I asked him if it was UPS policy to condone illegal parking in this manner. He said it was not, and if anyone got a ticket, they pay for it themselves, UPS wouldn’t pay it. I never heard of a deliveryman ever getting a ticket, and if I called the local cops on an illegally parked UPS truck, they couldn’t get there before it left. And I told the manager, that is what is so infuriating. These drivers think that since they’ll only be in the spot for a couple of minutes, they can get away with it. It never occurs to them that during those few minutes, someone might arrive who is legally entitled to that spot, and can’t use it. The manager told me he’d look up the route and find out who the offending driver was, and tell him not to do this anymore, and issue a reminder at the next morning’s drivers’ meeting. And the drivers will walk away from the meeting laughing at the manager’s directive.

Sometimes I get so outraged at people’s stupidity over handicapped access. I remember one incident at my local bank, coincidentally it is right next to this pharmacy. I was outside smoking a cigarette on a blazing hot summer day after doing my business inside the bank, watching some employees of an auto dealership parking a new car on the sidewalk for a promotion. They parked the car right in the middle of the wheelchair ramp, it was so convenient to drive the car up the ramp, it was a few feet from the bank’s main entrance where everyone would walk past it. Just as they stopped to admire their work and were about to leave, an old man exited the bank pushing his wife in a wheelchair, now they were trapped and could not exit down the ramp they had just used a few minutes ago. They were stuck in the hot summer sun as they begged the auto dealer to move the car so they could leave the bank. The auto dealer had difficulty repositioning the car, after a few minutes the elderly couple had to retreat back inside the bank due to the heat. Eventually the car was relocated so it was only partially blocking the ramp, and the couple edged their wheelchair around the car and down the ramp. I wonder what would have happened if the auto dealer had left before the handicapped woman, she might have been stuck there until they could come back to move the car.

One thought on “Handicapped Parking Spots Are NOT Loading Zones”

  1. At least in the case of the poor old woman in the wheelchair, they could have called the police. These days you could also capture these jackasses in the act with a camera phone. Handy little gadget that. Probably enough evidence to hold up in court. If those traffic cameras are.

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