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I'm trying SO HARD not the judge...but damn...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The office I work at is close-in to downtown and there is only a little parking lot behind our building where we all have assigned spots. They are normally spaced spots - employees (there are about 6-7) have had several different sizes of cars (trucks, SUVs, etc.) parked there throughout the years and there has never been a problem. Some of the employees are even a little overweight, drive trucks, no problem - tons of room to get in & out.

So we have a new employee. She not only drives a truck at least the size of a F-250, but she is severely obese. She has to contact the people that park on either side of her and ask them to move their car so she can get out when it's time for her to leave. When she gets here apparently she calls ahead and has the warehouseman meet her and she hops out and he has to pull her truck in for her.

So like, what is the appropriate sympathy/accomodation level here? I usually try not to judge because I don't know her story - how she got that big, why she remains that big, etc. But a part of me just feels like this is unreasonable and if she can't fit herself or her car in a normal-sized parking spot then she needs to figure out something else - not bother everyone in the office every day to move their cars (she leaves and comes back several times a day - and the lot takes a good 5 minutes to walk to... and this is the Pacific NW - it rains a lot).
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JBAILEY1122 4/12/2013 6:31PM

    What I'm saying is that I'm struggling to have the same sympathy/willingness to accomodate her as I would say someone who is in a wheelchair.

As much of a battle as it is for some of us to lose weight - it's never impossible. If you want it bad enough, you can do it. If you are in a wheelchair - that's another story...

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KAREN_NY 4/12/2013 4:53PM

    Guessing that even if she laughs or seems confident on the outside, on some level it's embarrassing for her to have to do that. Like being the woman that no one wants to sit next to on the plane because she takes up a little more than her own seat. Also guessing that the ADA probably protects her request for assistance.

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RASPBERRY56 4/11/2013 4:59PM

    Wow - now I have, indeed (and sadly) heard everything.......

I'd feel pretty much the same way as you do about this - whether or not to feel compassion or frustration that someone would live one's life in such a manner that, intentionally or not, others' lives are impacted (and not in a good way)......



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TOPCAT93 4/11/2013 4:47PM

    introduce her to spark people tell her it helps alot if she takes you up on the invite good deaL AND I think SHE will learn alot and will thank you for the info

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