As a recent recipient of spinal surgery, I want to bring to your attention a problem seen in parking lots across America. It’s about the guy who parks in a handicapped reserved spot, but ‘seemingly’ gets out of the car unassisted and strolls into the store.
His car is properly tagged or has the appropriate handicap plates. But he was walking ‘just fine’; why the heck is he parking there??
This may help…
Spinal stenosis. Multiple Sclerosis. Lung cancer. Heart problems. The list is endless as to ailments that are ‘unseen’, and yet prevent otherwise normally healthy people from walking great distances.
Take spinal stenosis: If it develops into full blown cauda equina syndrome (like mine), you suffer from unimagineable pain thru your legs, and almost complete numbness of your feet. Even after emergency surgery, the recovery period can be up to a year! And without someone taking off their shirt to show you the back scar, you may never know the difference.
And you also wouldn’t know that it can be very painful to walk even 50 yards. Roundtrip.
People with heart problems may often times have limited range. They really need those parking spots up close, but you can’t ‘tell’ from the outside that there is anything wrong.
The list goes on and on.
So the next time you, or someone with you yells at a ‘healthy’ looking driver getting out of a handicapped parked car, zip it. If you are that concerned, write down the plate number and call it into the DMV. They’d love to hear about imposters, and also encourage you not to harass those that are suffering from something you don’t.
Remember, don’t yell if you don’t know!