This past Friday, as I sat reading an Emily Giffin novel in my minivan, another minivan pulled into the empty handicap spot next to me. The mom jumped out, pressed a button on her remote so that both doors slid open, popped an infant car seat out of its base, told a younger kids in the third row to "Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!"then pressed the button on the remote again to shut the doors as she scurried off to the front of the school. I noted that she didn't have a handicap parking placard or handicap license plates. She was a mom with a baby and a little kid who was running late to pick up her kindergartener so she decided that because all the other parking spots in the lot and all the illegal spots in the fire lane were taken that it would be okay for her to park in the only available spot, a handicap accessible spot.
I sat there and weighed my options:
- Call the police and
- hope that they arrive in time (doubtful)
- hope that they can find the parking spot (doubtful)
- Say something to the woman when she returns
- Do nothing
I ultimately decided to not police the ignorant this time. Although the last time, that woman was clearly asking for it. My kids will be in school with her kids for 11 more years and crazy people can live in the suburbs just as easily as anywhere else. I don't want to deal with them, although, I guess I am dealing with them, just not in the way I would want to. The fire lanes that are constantly blocked are the school's main concern. Grammy and I have actually both watched parents stop in the narrow parking lot (as in the part you drive through) and leave their cars there to go get their kids. They block the entire parking lot - no one can leave! It blows my mind.
There has been a police presence in the parking lot but he's mainly focused on those blocking the fire lane and he's mainly been patrolling in the morning. Plus, he covers all the school parking lots and there are quite a few of them. I have seen a decrease in those wrongfully parking in those handicap spots. There's a mom we know who was consistently late and parking there. Not anymore. I'm assuming she was ticketed, spoken to or came to realize that what she was doing was wrong.
Such a sad state of affairs. Where (or what) are their morals?
ETA: There are over 800 students in that one school.