A man’s father, despite being in his eighties, boasted exceptional physical fitness. The father often used the priority spaces for the elderly at the supermarket, but when strangers told him he was taking advantage, his son agreed.
A Strong OAP
The elderly father was full of life and loved participating in physical activities. “He regularly completes 10-mile hikes for fun, does all the heavy lifting in DIY and garden projects himself and runs up escalators when possible because he’s too impatient to wait”, his son wrote. “In short, he is 100% capable of carrying grocery bags to a car. He also looks it.”
Priority Parking Predicament
In the vicinity of the father’s local supermarket, there was a row of priority parking spaces designated for disabled individuals, families with young children, and the elderly. These parking spots are strategically placed for convenience.
Using Them Anyway
Despite being able-bodied, the father often used these spots to save himself thirty seconds compared to parking in a regular space.
Voices of Disapproval
Recently, the father found himself in a bit of a squabble when some assertive individuals reproached him for using these designated parking spots, even though he believed he qualified as “elderly.”
A Difference in Perspective
In response to the incident, the father turned to his son for support and expressed his frustration. He felt that he was within his rights to use the parking spot, given his age.
The Spirit of the Parking Space
The son, however, had a different perspective on the matter. “Well yes, but you’re violating the spirit of the parking space”, the son argued. He believed that his father, while technically eligible to use the space, was not respecting the intended purpose of those priority parking spots.
The Father’s Sadness
The father was shocked at his son’s lack of support, which made him visibly sad and negatively affected their relationship. “He says that he feels that old age is hard enough without taking advantage of the few perks it offers”, the man wrote.
A Guilty Conscience?
In the midst of this disagreement, the man couldn’t help but wonder if his father’s sadness stemmed from a sense of guilt rather than a genuine belief in his entitlement to the parking spot.
Differing Views on Perks
The situation presented a moral dilemma to the son. He agreed with his father that being over the age of 80 gave him rightful access to accessible parking. However, they both knew that the father did not need such accessibility offerings, leading the man to firmly believe his accusations were justified.
The Final Verdict?
The son wrote up his father’s story, posting it online for the world to see. However, he did not expect the barrage of hate that he would receive. “It’s like you’re punishing your dad for taking care of himself”, one angry reader wrote. “That privileged parking is for his age and nothing else. He shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for being healthier than your average elderly person.”
Confusion Amongst Readers
Many readers expressed their confusion at the son’s moral philosophy. “I don’t really know what you mean by “the spirit” of the parking space”, one person commented. “The space is for elderly people and your dad is elderly.”
Give Him a Break
Most people agreed that it didn’t matter whether the father needed the parking space, but whether he wanted it. “The spots are for the elderly”, another person wrote. “Your dad may be fit but he’s elderly. Let’s face it, his time is winding down, if shaving two minutes off his walk in a parking lot matters to him let him have that.”
Praise for the fit and healthy elderly man was found everywhere in the comments section. One commenter wrote: “His over 80 years on this planet have earned him the privilege of parking there. Regardless of his health. And power to him for being such an inspiration at his age. We should all be so lucky.”
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