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handicapped parking fraud

Posted Aug 28 2009 8:08pm

HandicappedParkingPermitRequired This morning I had a tough time finding a parking place after I ran an errand before 8:00 am. I finally parked in a handicapped spot about a block away from my place. I returned around 5:00 pm to get the car and run some errands. As I walked up to my car, I noticed a guy in the middle of the street looking my way and coming in my direction. When he got close enough, I could hear that he was addressing me.

Guy: You can’t park there.

Me: Here? This is handicapped public parking.

Guy: That’s my spot.

Me: (looking up at blue handicapped sign) No, I think this is public parking.

Guy: Well, you can’t park there.

Me: Well, you can go get the police.

Guy: You can’t park there for a long time. That’s my spot.

Me: I don’t think so. I think this is public parking.

Guy: We’ll see about that.

I just stood there looking as this guy walked away. I felt indignant. I could not believe that some guy would be telling me that I could not park in a public parking place designated for handicapped. Although he did not visibly seem disabled, it’s true that not everyone who is handicapped has apparent signs of the handicap. Although I was outraged at his claim of public parking as his own parking spot, I tried not to be judgmental about whether he was even parking legitimately in a handicapped spot.

I have known people who have bragged that they park in handicapped spots because they have a placard from someone else who no longer drives. Also, my further reading discloses that a significant number of placards are sold on the black market. Go figure. And, go read more at this informative Web site whose goal is to allow citizens to report suspected fraud so the DMV can check it out and take action if needed. They even have an application for your iPhone, which I will be downloading as soon as I finish this post: HandicappedFraud.org

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HandicappedParkingPermitRequired This morning I had a tough time finding a parking place after I ran an errand before 8:00 am. I finally parked in a handicapped spot about a block away from my place. I returned around 5:00 pm to get the car and run some errands. As I walked up to my car, I noticed a guy in the middle of the street looking my way and coming in my direction. When he got close enough, I could hear that he was addressing me.

Guy: You can’t park there.

Me: Here? This is handicapped public parking.

Guy: That’s my spot.

Me: (looking up at blue handicapped sign) No, I think this is public parking.

Guy: Well, you can’t park there.

Me: Well, you can go get the police.

Guy: You can’t park there for a long time. That’s my spot.

Me: I don’t think so. I think this is public parking.

Guy: We’ll see about that.

I just stood there looking as this guy walked away. I felt indignant. I could not believe that some guy would be telling me that I could not park in a public parking place designated for handicapped. Although he did not visibly seem disabled, it’s true that not everyone who is handicapped has apparent signs of the handicap. Although I was outraged at his claim of public parking as his own parking spot, I tried not to be judgmental about whether he was even parking legitimately in a handicapped spot.

I have known people who have bragged that they park in handicapped spots because they have a placard from someone else who no longer drives. Also, my further reading discloses that a significant number of placards are sold on the black market. Go figure. And, go read more at this informative Web site whose goal is to allow citizens to report suspected fraud so the DMV can check it out and take action if needed. They even have an application for your iPhone, which I will be downloading as soon as I finish this post: HandicappedFraud.org

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