Monday's Morals

Monday’s Morals – Episode 4


Your answers to last week’s question really surprised me. So much, in fact, that they inspired another question

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Here is this week’s “Monday’s Morals” question. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog…but either way, leave a link to your site so that everyone else can visit! If you repost the questions on your site, you must link back to this site as the source.

You’re spending the day with a person with some kind of disability, but who is having no problem getting around on this particular day. You run errands with the person, and you wind up at a store with a large parking lot. You see one single open handicapped parking space close to the door, and one otherwise good space just one row further away. Your friend pulls out a handicapped placard to hang on your rear-view mirror. Since they’re clearly having a good day with no pain and no difficulty at all in getting around, would you take the one remaining handicapped space available, or the space one row over, or would you even suggest not taking the handicapped space? Why?

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  • My father had a handicapped tag, but I never used it. I always dropped him off at the door and I parked in a regular space.

    When he passed away, I went to turn in the tag and it was missing. The only time the car was out of our care was when it was being serviced by the car dealer. I have since found out that on the black market you can get up to $400 for a tag.

  • Easy. It’s up to the person with the placard. That person may not be sure they’ll have full capacity to make it back to the car. They may not tell you they’re feeling that way but it doesn’t matter. It’s their placard, their right, their choice.

  • Like all the others, I say use the space. My detailed reply gets rather heated. I say, unless you’ve walked a mile in that person’s shoes, judge ye not.

  • Patrick, you know we lived through six years of having need of the handicapped placard. Denny suffered both vestibular problems (no balance center, needing a walker to lean upon to stay upright) and cardiomyopathy–an enlarged, weakened heart.

    There were days, when he felt well enough going INTO a store–but after walking for a time with walker and my having a firm grip on this belt, he didn’t have the energy left to safely return to the car unless it was parked in a handicapped space.

    Do some folks abuse the privilege? Yes. Do some family members cheat for convenience, using the placard when the afflicted person is not with them? Undoubtedly they do. But we can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater by making moral judgments when a friend or family member “seems okay” enough to make it without safe, easy access to the car.

  • I would ask my friend, “Shall I take that spot?” If he/she said yes, I would. I would not make any assumption about his/her needs or how he/she is feeling that day. Again, many people get around just fine but need the handicap spot to prevent disaster, so to speak – there are many reasons and it is none of my business. If someone has the legal right to park in that spot, it is up to that person to exercise that right according to his/her own choice.

  • Use the handicapped spot – it’s obviously your friend’s choice. S/he’s the one with the handicap. It’s inappropriate for you to judge his/her condition or force your assumption on him/her. S/he’s a separate person – his/her life – his/her choice. Respect it.

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