A Man Parked in a Parent and Child Space for His Elderly Dad When the Disabled Spaces Were Unavailable, but a Mother Threatened to Call the Police

A man always followed parking rules, particularly when it came to accessible spaces for disabled people, the elderly, and parents. However, he would soon find himself disobeying this exact rule, but he felt that the circumstances he was under left him no other choice. Here’s what happened.

A Complicated Situation

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The man was going shopping with his elderly father, who had mobility issues and required assistance when moving around. His father could not walk without a crutch or a shopping trolley, and even a short distance proved to be physically taxing for him. 

An Independent Man

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Despite his health challenges, the man’s father remained determined to maintain his independence and cherished his trips to the supermarket. To facilitate this, the man would accompany his father, and he would always park in disabled spots to make his father’s shopping trip more comfortable.

Parking Plight

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Upon arriving at the store, the man and his father noticed that all of the designated disabled parking spaces were occupied. Left with no other option, the man decided to park in one of the parent and child spaces. 

A Heated Exchange

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As the man was parking, a woman in a nearby car began berating him for his parking choice. “She asked me in a very derogatory tone if I had any kids in my car”, he explained. “I told her that I didn’t, but that my dad needed the space as all the disabled spaces had been taken up.” 

She Persisted

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Despite his reasonable excuse, the woman persisted. “She asked where my disabled parking permit was; I told her she didn’t need to see it”, the man continued.

A Hasty Retreat

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The woman began to threaten that she would call the police, but believing that he was in the right, the man did not feel threatened and decided not to engage further with the irate woman. He walked away, leaving her fuming in her vehicle. 

A Surprising Discovery

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Upon returning to his car, the man noticed that the woman had parked in the space next to him, which was also for parents and children. It was then that he realized that she had a very small baby with her.

His Justification

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Reflecting on the situation, the man felt conflicted. On one side, he believed that using the special parking space was necessary, as there were no disabled spots available, leaving him and his father with no other choice. He also resented the derogatory tone of the woman who berated him, and how she unnecessarily demanded to see his disabled parking permit.

Another Perspective

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However, the man also recognized that the woman had indeed been inconvenienced by his actions. She had a baby in her car, meaning she was technically more entitled to the space than he was. He had also walked away dismissively when she threatened to call the police, and if he had heard her out, he may have realized the consequences of his actions. 

Seeking Clarity

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The man headed online with his conundrum, hoping that members of his favorite forum could help him come to a verdict as to whether he had acted out of line or not. Thankfully, everyone defended his actions. “It was clear that you had a disabled older person with you, so she threw a tantrum over an elderly man being able to get out of a car!?!” questioned one reader. 

He Did Nothing Wrong

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There wasn’t a single comment to be found that criticized the man’s actions. “You did nothing wrong”, defended another reader. “Sincerely, a woman with a toddler, who is also nearly 8 months pregnant.”

Give Himself a Break

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The man was relieved to see that everyone let him off the hook. “Using parent and child spaces as disabled parking overflow is perfectly okay”, stated one commenter. “You were just taking care of your disabled dad, so give yourself a break.”

An Amusing Observation

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Another commenter lightened the mood with an amusing observation. “Well technically, there was a child on board – you are the child of your father.” 

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