Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Today I had to run a few errands in town. (I live in a very small town and that is a significant piece of information for this rant.)
I went to the court house to pick up some papers for my mother. I parked in the ONLY handicapped spot by the court house. Now, normally I would not have parked there, but my knees are giving me trouble and I can't manage the steps at the other end. Also, it is perfectly legal for me since I've been legally handicapped since about 2005. So, I parked, went in and took care of my business and went back out to my car. While I was inside, someone else had parked ILLEGALLY behind me and I was blocked in. I asked, politely, the woman who was sitting in the car if she would move it so I could leave. She very rudely told me she couldn't drive that car and that they wouldn't have parked there if I hadn't taken the handicapped spot. When I informed her that I was handicapped, she retorted, "you're not handicapped, you're FAT!"
Of course, I reacted badly. I called her a bitch.
Here's the thing. I've been using handicapped parking whenever I needed it for several years and never once had to justify it. This time I did and it made me very angry. Why should anyone who is legally using a handicapped space have to justify using it?