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courtesy in the handicapped spots 
5th-Jul-2011 08:51 am
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There is an odd appearance of courtesy/accepted habit here at work regarding the handicapped parking spots. Unlike the regular spots, which are filled up from closest-to-farthest as people arrive, the handicapped spots are filled up from farthest-to-closest (with one exception). From my point of view, it appears that there is some kind of unofficial expectation that, regardless of how handicapped a person is, the next person along may need the closer spot more, so it is best to leave it empty. Maybe I'm projecting altruism on strangers, but it does make me smile to think about it.

It does help that there are plenty of handicapped spots, with wide margins on either side of every space. And all of our parking is covered, so there is no rush for a particular area of the parking lot. With no artificial restriction of resources (handicapped spots), drivers can afford to be generous without losing anything from their own resource pool.
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5th-Jul-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
As a handicapped parker I try to get as far away from the door as I can physically handle as there are many many folks who need to be closer. I have a greater awareness of mobility and how much harder life is when simply getting to the door is difficult. When possible I get a normal-people parking spot.
5th-Jul-2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Ok, so I'm probably not wrong in my guess that this is a courtesy and awareness thing. That's really cool!
5th-Jul-2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yup, on the day's that I need it, I'll use my HC Tag. And depending on how much knee pain I have determines which HC space I use. And then on days like today, I parked about 2/3 of the lot away from the grocery store.
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