Friday, June 16, 2006

Expectant Mother Parking Spaces

About a year or two ago, I started noticing these types of signs popping up in various shopping centers and initially thought "how cute" because at first there seemed to only be one or two spaces located next to a store that sells baby stuff. Now that this trend seems to have grown and more good parking spaces are being designated as "expectant mother parking only" - which as far as I know is not required by law the way handicapped spaces are - it's become irritating. Since when is being pregnant or a new mother considered a handicap with regards to having to walk a few extra yards? What's next... "obese people only parking"... "senior citizen only parking"...?!? C'mon people!

(Photo thanks to roland's flickr.)

As a side note, when I did a Google search for "expectant mother parking" I came across this recent funny Craigslist missed connections post:

5 Comments:

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if/how they enforce this?

 
At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Rick said...

...and I wonder if you have to be "showing."

If not, what other proof might there be?

 
At 10:56 PM, Blogger Sleepless said...

I have a feeling that they probably don't enforce this because the stores would risk losing customers if an issue was made out of it. The shopping centers probably just expect customers to honor their "request" that these spots remain available for pregnant women.

Rick, I think these spots are intended for women who are in their last trimester when it's a bit more difficult to do certain things. Still... I think the management companies are getting a bit too creative and frustrating some customers. A sea of empty handicapped spaces is bad enough, but now this? The "difficulty" is in getting in and out of the car, not in the amount of walking, so their reasoning for placing these spots close to the store doesn't cut it.

 
At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Rebecca Carter said...

The green signs that are used here are actually permits that you can apply for. You must have a child under 2 or 3 years old to get the permit...I think they are great! (I looked for the source, where to apply, and can't find it right now...)

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger Dayngr said...

Here in Miami, you have to have a permit for these but when we were in VA they were store optional. If you have kids and all the stuff that goes with them (double stroller, diaper bags, toys etc) it is quite handy not to have to trek across a busy parking lot. It is also a sweet and beautiful thing when you have babies and it s pouring rain and you have to load them and all their stuff into the car. Check back with me in about 30 or so years and I'll let you know my thoughts on the Senior parking. LOL

 

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