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    Roofing nails work great. Just toss them down on the ground behind a tire or two. They always manage to land business end up.

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    [quote=MattGimpin]Yep, Wal-Mart is the absolute worst! And they usually have quite a few spaces too!


    Walmart does have alot of spaces!! there is about 20 at the one we visit. and in a town of 4,000 or less..... there can't be that many handicapped people there all the time!! Still make me wonder if it's not the problems with the Dr's handing them out so easily??? I don't even try to use them anymore I park in the back and ride my scooter. It's just that they are SO abused it makes you want to laugh when you see it.

    oh, there used to be one couple who had a HC placard and would have the #1 parking spot. Thing is they would stay there in the store all day to socialize, they were both retired and had nothing else to do evidently

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    There have been time times where the thought of using my lift like a pile- driver has tempted me greatly. But, the thought of damging those fickled micro switches is enough to cool those thoughts. There have been a few times where I had a tight squeze getting back into my van where I know I left a few scratches on the sides of cars parked illeaglly that I didn't lose any sleep over. I used to have a stack of those cards that look like tickets, and I did use some of them. On the flip side I've gotten some nasty notes left on my windshield by AB drivers who didn't like how close I had to park to their cars. I had one confront me in the lobby of the hotel I was staying in, I told him he needed to complain to the hotel about the parking lot layout not me.

    What's the most frustrating is when you do call the police to get someone ticketed and they refuse to do anything. You can forget getting cars in mall/shopping centers ticketed most of the time. It's private property, the best you can hope for is that they have an agressive towing policy, some do, but most are to afraid of offending customers. I will give credit where it is do, the Delaware State Fair is very pro-active about hc parking. If you have a hang card or tag you'd better have the person it belongs to in the vehicle, they have troopers checking all vehicles entering the hc parking area. They do try very hard to leave enough room between the vans, but if you are parked-in they have someone who will move your van out where you can get into it.
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    Linda..

    'removed- because it was a dumb thing for me to do and I shouldn't repeat it'

    I was young, I was stupid. Not something I would suggest doing.
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    HC Parking Problems

    I live here in Las Vegas and the number of people who have HC parking cards is staggering. Everyone who has grey hair, is from California or is a minority has one. I NEVER get a spot with my van and lift and if I do I park sideways across both the spot and access isle so no one can get close to me. The other day I was in downtown Vegas (old Freemont street) and pulled into a large hotel parking lot, all five of the handicapped spaces they had marked were taken so I drove down and parked accross two regular spaces, when I returned to my vehicle, security had placed a warning ticket under my whiper (where I could not reach it) even with a HC parking card, no drivers seat, a lift, and a needs eight feet of extra room sign in my window. I am so pissed off I want to confront that lazy do nothing security officer but it won't help.

    I was in another local casino where there are lot's of HC parking spots (always full) and four of them are marked "for vehicles with side loading wheelchair lifts only" which are always full with little sports cars and Toyotas. I got so mad and fed up one day with never getting on of the HC spots that I contacted the head of security for the hotel. I was told that it is up to the police to ticket vehicles and all they have isw a few cars who drive around the whole city and check lots for violations. About a month later I was in that same lot and had to partk in the back, as I wheeled up towards the front I saw a police car and a few cops walking the lot, I pointed out the illegaly parked vehicles in the side loading lift only spaces and was told it is private property as long as they have a card or plates they can do nothing about it.

    This subject has been frying my ass for the past fifteen years or so. The ADA was passed to help us disabled people but things were better before that law. People have no shame, they concider it a privleage like valet parking, doctors will issue a card to anyone who askes for it and the police and security personel will do nothing about it. Doctors need to be held accountable and fined for fraudlently giving cards to everyone. I believe the ADA qualifies you as disabled if you can not walk 200 feet or more without assistance from crutches, cane, walker, wheelchair and so on but the wording is trickey in that it also says "or without great diffaculty" and that is the problem that statement opens the door to classify everyone as disabled.

    I wish I had a dollar for everytime I see someone park in a HC spot, flip that card in the window and walk away with no problem. They can walk around the mall, shopping center or casino all day but can not walk that extra row or two in the parking lot. When I see yount people in their Corvett, Porshe, BMW's and so on using those cards and spots so their cars don't get scratched it makes me sick. I only got even one time, I used to empty my leg bag into a glass gallon jug that I kept in my van for emergencys. I was with my brother ande someone blocked my access isle so my brother backed up my van carefully so I could get in and as I opened the lift he jumped in and grabed that gallon bottle (about half full) and poured it all over the drivers window, door and windshield then we drove away. HAHA...

    I like everyone here who is effected by this would like to do something about it, but what? I did a bunch of research on the internet and found that only Illinois, Missouri are trying to do something about it. Read page 5 of the pdf file from the December 2004 Missouri Medical Law Report below.

    http://www.momedicallaw.com/archives...lrmo200412.pdf

    http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/pr.../050225d1.html

    My wife who is as upset as I about the situation but much mor level headed than me had suggested that they just keep increasing the number of HC spaces required to accomidate everyone with a card or plates then wait for the AB persons to complain.

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    I want to know who designs the parking garages that a full size van with a raised roof won't fit in. Our local hospital has a garage with quite a few HC parking spaces, but the height limit for vehicles is just over 6 feet. Our van has to have 8 feet in order to fit in a garage. Same thing with all of the sport stadium parking garages in St. Louis, we can't fit, so we have to park outside where the lot has maybe 2 spaces, nothing for side loading vans, and the to top it all off we are about 2 blocks away. It doesn't make sense to me.

    The other day I went to CVS to pick up prescriptions for Matt, came out of the store and 2 of the 5 cars in the entire parking lot were on either side of our big ass van. One car was not even in a space, just in the hash marks. To top it off, there is a curb about 8 feet behind the van, so I couldn’t just back straight out. Now I am not in a HC spot, but it’s 9pm, there are about 30 parking spaces and this dumb ass has to park right next to me where there isn’t even a spot. So the lady gets out of her car, and says “sorry” and proceeds to walk into the store. What I wouldn’t give to have a big ass, beat up old van and just be able to smash the crap out of that car and others like it!

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    I will empty my leg bag on thier tires to mark my territory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rbrauer
    Linda..

    'removed- because it was a dumb thing for me to do and I shouldn't repeat it'

    I was young, I was stupid. Not something I would suggest doing.
    Oh yes, those hazy days back in the late 70's and early 80's, I remember them, somewhat. LOL Most of us have done those "dumb" things that are better left unsaid now lest we lead someone else down the wrong path. As far as my fantasy revenge is concern, I've actually had a couple of unintended close calls in parkiing lots. With cars whipping in access areas just as I'm deploying my lift, I'm thankful I still have good reflexes. I wish I could have taken pictures of those drivers, the looks on their faces. Those memories still make me smile.

    Hunker, marking territory, how manly of you.
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