A big thank you needs to go out to a little lady in the parking lot of a Walmart Neighborhood Market in my hometown. I learned from her foul-mouthed rant about me parking in a handicap spot. (one of the 7 open spots near the door) First, she shouted across the parking lot saying "Hey! A**hole!!!" I turned to face her, and she stormed up to me wagging her finger in my face "YOU shouldn't be parking in this spot! This is for people with handicaps! "
I smiled and said, "Not all handicaps are visually obvious.Thank you for the concern, though." and I raised my pant leg a little bit to expose the bottom of my prosthetic device.
I was really shocked by her reaction. She seemed to get even madder at me, her face screwing up into a knot and I was momentarily afraid she would hit me. "NO NO NO!" she yelled "That doesn't count!! You have to have a cane or crutches or a, a, a wheelchair!! YOU walk perfectly fine, YOU don't need the parking spot!!" She was following me toward the door. "If you don't move your truck, I'm going to report you to the authorities!! They will yank that tag from you!!" I was perplexed at why she was so angry about it. She didn't let up until I entered the store, and she stormed back to her car, got in and tore off.
In Arkansas, drivers certified by licensed health personnel to have impaired mobility or a condition which substantially interferes with mobility may qualify for "Disabled" status.
You are also considered a disabled driver if you:* Are unable to walk 200 m without resting due to orthopedic, arthritic or neurological condition.* Need to use another person, support, a prosthetic device or a wheelchair.* Have a disabling cardiac condition as per the American Heart Association standards.* Have a disabling lung disease or need to use portable oxygen.Disabled persons can acquire a Disabled Person (DP) placard/ certificate or DP license plates. These entitle you to special parking privileges in areas designated for disabled persons, whenever you are the driver or a passenger of the vehicle. Misuse or abuse of these privileges is a Class A misdemeanor; offenders can have their vehicles impounded or fined up to $100-$1000 and/or have their license suspended for 6 months.
My main point in this post was to say, even though there are people out there that can be vulgar (I removed most of her language from this posting) Some people can be simply ignorant of the rules. I don't hold it against them, and often disengage if they don't want my explanation. I have even had threatening notes put on my windshield, trying to shame me for parking there... In the end, I know I have the right to park there, and I will. Just don't hate the haters.