This man dropped his disabled aunt off at her retirement village and used a handicapped space without a handicap placard. When he returned, he found his car about to be booted. Was he wrong for parking there?
He Has a Close Relationship with His Aunt
He explained, “I have a great relationship with my Aunt. My Aunt lives in a very nice retirement village in St. Petersburg, FL. Because I live close by in a neighboring city, I usually run a lot of errands for her, fix things around her condo, and in return, she watches my two kids while my wife and I work.”
She Has Had Some Health Problems
His 82 year old aunt has recently encountered some mobility issues. He added, “She fell a few months ago and cracked her hip. Up until that point, she was still able to drive when needs be, but since this, she’s been limited in her mobility as she recovers.”
Her Car Broke Down
His aunt’s car recently broke down, and was towed and impounded. He tried to track the car down but hasn’t been directed to the correct lot.
She Doesn’t Have a Disabled Placard
He wanted to track down the car to retrieve the disabled placard in it. He added, “Since we don’t have the placard, I downloaded the form for a replacement and I picked my aunt up yesterday to take her to her doctor’s office so he could sign it.”
They Couldn’t Find a Parking Space
When they returned to the retirement village, they couldn’t find a parking space. He explained, “The closest parking lot that I could find was a 5-minute walk away, which means that I would have to push my aunt all the way back in the sweltering heat.”
They Parked in a Disabled Spot
He added, “I parked in a handicapped spot near her building, turned my emergency lights on, and wheeled her inside. It took me about 15 minutes to get inside, wait for an elevator to take us to the 9th floor, wheel her to her unit, then grab her a snack and something to drink before I had to dash back to the parking lot.”
A Man Confronted Him
When he got back to the parking lot there was a man preparing to put a boot on the car. He explained, “I tell him the circumstances but he doesn’t care. He begins scolding me about parking in handicap and said he’s ‘tired of being fed stories’.”
He Tried to Prove His Story
He added, “He and I go back and forth for a bit and I even called my aunt and put her on speaker so she could tell him exactly what happened. After the fact, he called me names because I had no business parking here.
Was He in the wrong?
Was he wrong for parking in the disabled space? Should he have handled the situation differently?
He Turned to the Internet for Advice
“15 minutes is a long time to take up a spot, and the guy with the boot probably HAS had to put up with a lot of stories. He has no idea what your real story is. It sounds crazy, but if you knew you were going to be away from the car for more than 2 minutes you should have put your aunt in the wheelchair on the sidewalk, moved your car, and come back. That’s what I’ve done when I’ve misplaced our placard.”
Another User Commented
“The guy probably does get fed stories, but your excuse was legitimate. If you contested the ticket in court with all your evidence, the fee would probably be waived. I don’t understand why the situation went straight to your car being booted?”
Someone Else Shared Their Opinion
“It shouldn’t be a surprise he’s upset at you, even if you did use it to help a disabled aunt. Because in the end, you still wasted his time, and I bet you wasted more arguing with him before you even tried calling your aunt.”
Another Person Suggested
“I supported you to the point you brought her inside her building but at that point you should have moved.”
Someone Gave Their Perspective
“15 minutes is mad long. You should’ve made some sort of adjustment. I don’t blame the parking person for being upset. He has no way of knowing if your story is true or not. But morally, I don’t think you were wrong for using the spot, since you were assisting a disabled person.”
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