Itís not that she wasnít parked in a handicapped parking space — she admits she was.
Itís not that she actually did possess a handicapped parking placard — she admits she did not.
Itís not that she has a disability — no, not that either.
So what is her defense? Well, her arm was in a sling from recent surgery; she was on medication; she has a huge scar; it was raining; she was only going to be there for a few minutes; and it was unavoidable.
Now sheís complaining that the fine is too high. And Iím guessing the dog ate her homework, too.
The woman was obviously having a very bad day. Thatís about as much empathy I can muster up; I suspect she is a bit empathy-deficient herself.
Where to begin…
Handicapped parking spaces provide access for people with impaired mobility or a condition that creates a safety concern. We donít get to diagnose this ourselves; a doctor must attest to the disability.
Having had shoulder surgery myself — twice — I can confirm the level of pain and discomfort she must have been in, but neither the surgery nor the sling impact mobility.
Her complaint about being on medication leads one to wonder if she should have been driving at all. The scar… well, thatís just silly.
Iím sure the rain was inconvenient and she only intended to be there for a few minutes, but her assertion that it was ďunavoidableĒ is preposterous. It was entirely avoidable.