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Pwales wrote: »
If you have a badge, it must only be used for your benefit. If a trip is for someone else and you are a passenger and staying in the car, you cannot use the badge to let them benefit from free parking.
gilligansyle wrote: »
I couldn't get the multi quote thing to work, but I thought the person quoted before this had said that the daughter was shopping for them.
This is something I experience frequently as I take my mother shopping and find that I come in for lots of criticism especially as frequently I will drop her off near the entrance whilst I park, or she will wait somewhere she can sit down, with some of the shopping while I drive the car back to her. And as someone else said, not all disabilities are visible. Once or twice I have taken my mother back to the car while I got the last item from a different shop and she says she feels really uncomfortable waiting, people just glare as if she has no right to be there.
There should be more policing of disabled bays, but I do not expect anyone to question someone who has a badge. I would expect someone without a badge to be challenged however, the number of times I have stalked a parking space only to find that it was a young couple :mad: (although admittedly I couldn't see the dashboard so they may have had a badge)
robpw2 wrote: »
its the ones with kids who seem to think that gives them more right to sit in the disabled seat then the young man who is walking wiht a stick that annoy me .. ok there is a seat free at the back but i need the leg room , still i usully just keep quiet and will go and sit in the free seat , it annoys me even more when there are no seats free and the young couple who have sat in the disabled seat snogging eachother do not bother moving its very much the attitude of im not giving up my seat for anyone .
lyniced wrote: »
Yes 'watch out for the lady' is the usual one. Or the kids just stop and stare at you with their red-faced parents saying 'don't stare!' Also have you found that when you are in a wheelchair people don't look down and hence don't see you and turn around and almost fall on top of you. This has happened to me quite a few times. Not sure who'd come off worse - me or them??
thebottomline wrote: »
Something insulting in my post?
EDIT: You mean when I said 'fogies' and 'crone' I think? Well firstly, a fogy is someone who has old fashioned attitudes and is not related to age at all. Neither is crone, it simply means ugly and is not an 'ageist' word. I mean look at Helen Mirren, she's old (65) and is well fit. Look 'em up in the dictionary if you want, but please tell me you're not comparing those words with '!!!!!!' and 'cripple'.
SingleSue wrote: »
Ooopss, I am guilty of saying "Watch out for the lady/man" but in my defence, I say it for wheelchair users, crutch users, stick users and non disabled people when the children are not looking where they are going or in a world of their own.
So it is used for everyone......maybe other parents are the same.
rosysparkle wrote: »
On the upside, sometimes I wish I had a camera to record all the pitying looks I get when going round a shop in my wheelchair. I reckon it's a 50/50 split between patronising and challenging - there are very, very few people who just accept disabled people as they are. I get so fed up of conspicuous parents who tell their kids to "watch out for that lady", of elderly people who barge into me, of people to whom I am completely invisible. Teenagers are the most understanding group IMO, they might not understand how to hold a door open but at least they try.
I don't want special treatment, I don't want your pity, I just want to be equal to every other person in the shop.
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