In Texas we have a state law regarding handicapped parking spaces. I suspect all other states have them as well.
This means an inordinate amount of HC parking spaces near the front door of every public facility including grocery stores, pharmacies, well just about every damn place you can think of.
Being an architect I am familiar with all of these laws, if buildings get designed without the required spaces, your license gets yanked!
Don’t get me wrong. I am all for facilitating access for the actual handicapped individual. However, as human nature will have things, the law here is widely abused.
For example, you take your wheelchair bound Grandma to the licensing office and get a handicapped mirror card and then, since Grandma doesn’t go anywhere anyway, you stick the card on your mirror and park in the spaces by the door and walk able bodied right into the store.
In addition to being an architect I am also retired from law enforcement and can assure you that the police do not have time to mess with this.
As always, this blog has answers to cultural and social problems.
I propose we hire the elderly, the class of folks most often abused by this fraudulence to patrol the spaces.
I also think they should be armed. I asked my mom about this idea and she volunteered for the assignment cuz these things really piss her off. I gave her a quick tutorial on firearms.
She suggested a sign on the patrol cars that sez: ‘Yes, we are openly hostile’.
That's mom in the photo.
What do you think about our idea?