On Parking For Handicapped
By JOHN M. DERBY
June 29, 2017
were guilty as sin, 30 years ago when we parked in the parking
slot for the handicapped.
It was just for a few seconds while we dropped off the papers
at Bernie’s Liquors on G Street. We thought no one
Jumping back into the car, we had no sooner put the vehicle
into reverse, than a man in a wheelchair started pounding
his cane on our back fender.
“What the hell?” we shouted.
“You Bast---d,” he replied, “this space
is for the handicapped.”
Immediately, we knew we were in the wrong, and started to
apologize as we drove off. No apology was accepted!
That was the last time we ever parked in a handicapped parking
There was a time, after having full-knee replacement, when
we were encouraged by our doctor to use our handicapped
“No way,” we said. “There are others out
there who really need the handicapped parking.”
Now, we are very observant of those who are handicapped,
and those who just use the handicapped plaque because they
once qualified. Sometimes, it appears some of these people
are overweight, but walking just fine. One would think they
need to exercise and walk more.
We are not talking about the elderly or the infirm; we are
talking about healthy individuals who are too lazy to walk
a little extra to get to the store, or even in one case,
the sports club which is all about exercising.
We have watched, as one motorist waits with car idling at
Costco for a parking slot to open, when he or she could
have walked an extra 100 feet, and parked their car a little
further from the store.
When did walking become such a chore?
In many cases, walking keeps our body well. Bodies which
are inactive stop functioning as they should.
We urge everyone to stay as active as he or she possibly
can, for as long as possible.
And for those who use the handicapped plaque, when they
are really not handicapped; they have our sympathy because
they are not fooling anyone but themselves.
But watch out for that man in a wheelchair with a cane.
He could be waiting.