Couple of weeks ago on a shopping trip to a well known supermarket with my little lad, I was some what perturbed to find (yet again) no parent and child parking available. Now, considering that this had also happened some weeks earlier - and I highlighted this to a member of staff outside the store - I was then guided to use the nearest disabled bay. I repeated this act on this particular trip as there was ample free disabled parking, I wasn't doing anybody out of a disabled parking spot.
Well....turns out some bloody do-gooder, whilst waiting at the checkout, had taken a photograph of me putting my lad back in the works van with the side door open, shopping bags in the rear and sent it via email straight to director level entitled "Abuse of disabled parking bay", wanting an investigation.
Jeyzus....I can't help feeling annoyed about this, or feel that it was just because I was in a branded works vehicle this guy wanted some form of retribution. I sent a well worded reply back to my concerned manager, who has since got back to me with a message form the top saying that "no further action is required".....but bloody hell....I mean the initial phone conversion with my manager involved the words 'disciplinary', 'humble' and 'pie'.
I'd be more annoyed about someone parking in the parent/child spaces who didn't have a child with them (which seems to happen more often than someone parking in disabled spaces in my experience). Most times I go to the supermarket there are usually 75% of disabled spaces lying empty anyway.
As for the do-gooder, some people have too much time on their hands. That something trivial would bother them that much to potentially cost someone their job is frightening.
Also, disabled people are allowed to park in the parent and child bays, but the same favour isn't reciprocated for those that have children. I'm fully aware that my legs do actually work...but then why have the reserved bays in first place? And then when those bays seem to be rarely free, have a contingency plan for the one case but not the other - yet if there are more than a few free disabled bays you get burned for using one of them...I guess the real thing for me is why the do-gooder, who could from the perspective the photo was taken from, could clearly see that:
a. I had a four year old child with me.
b. There were no parent and child spaces....
...had to go and send it straight to the man? If he had wanted an explanation why not come to the large glass frontage, bang on the glass to get my attention and get immediate clarification on the issue? Maybe he didn't want to be seen as a twunt...I dunno...
If he had wanted an explanation why not come to the large glass frontage, bang on the glass to get my attention and get immediate clarification on the issue? Maybe he didn't want to be seen as a twunt...I dunno...
I'm generalising but people who drive vans are usually quite good at fighting. Maybe that's why?