Being A Jerk Is Not A Disability

, , , | Friendly | August 2, 2019

I own an alternative health clinic — massage and acupuncture — in a small strip mall. We have “parking wars” due to a yoga studio in the mall. Everyone has three designated parking spots, except the studio, who has six. They actually have two bays; hence, a bigger space. My spots are reserved 24 hours to prevent yoga patrons parking there, especially on Saturdays, but the other stores allow the yoga people to park there if they are closed. We ticket almost daily, as when yoga patrons come there are usually twenty of them trying to fit into six spots, and often the yoga instructor takes a spot, even though they are supposed to park two blocks away like the rest of us. Often I come in early on Saturdays to defend our parking spots or our patrons have nowhere to park. I will also mention that the yoga patrons are often rude and dismissive when we politely ask them to move their cars. If they don’t move them, they get a $40 ticket. 

On this particular Saturday, I had to drop something off at the office and then went to park my car two blocks away. The lot was full, except for my parking spots. I noticed someone parking in the handicapped spot. I’d seen this man before and he’d never parked there before. I am well aware of invisible disabilities, but I was very suspicious.

I pulled up beside him and asked, “Do you have a plaque to park there?” Quite rudely, he responded, “Yes.”

I drove away and parked. When I came back to the office, I noticed there was no plaque displayed in his car. I had my assistant confirm that there was no displayed disability plaque or plates.  

I immediately called parking and the man received a $300 ticket. It would have upset me less if he had parked in my spots, and if he can go to a 90-minute yoga class, he can also walk two blocks in the middle of summer to the class.

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