Letters: Setting the record straight on use of a handicap parking spot


May 20, 2012

On a recent Sunday, after parking my car at the Mars on Ridgely Road and trying to enter the store, I was approached by a woman saying, "You could be charged a $500 fine for that."

I asked her what she was talking about, and she noted that I had parked in a handicap space. I told her that I have a displayed handicap hanger — because I have had two foot surgeries and will have another one.

She went on to tell me that her husband sometimes cannot find a handicap space.

I told her sometimes, I can't either. I also told her that I would never park in a handicap spot unless I had to.

I was so taken aback by her unjustified accusation that I couldn't think. I would have liked to add the following:

Does she think I would choose to have foot problems and be in constant pain? I would much rather park at the far end of the lot. She also indicated that she has a husband. I'm glad for him that he has someone to help him. I have no one. I take care of my errands myself.

Probably the worst part of the encounter is that she didn't even apologize.

Stephanie Myers

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