by Penny M
I drove through the carpark at a local shopping mall recently and my earth shook. No, it wasn’t a quake of rubble magnitude or a sink hole on Rainbow Beach in Queensland. It was a sense of elation at the sight of freshly demarcated parking bays for Pensioners. Yes!!! I kid you not.
Finally somebody had considered that there were others besides the disabled and moms & tots who would benefit from a shorter trip between the undercover section and the front door.
But how will this be policed? I mulled over various potential pitfalls. Mischief grabbed my thoughts. Would my car be towed from such a spot if I was suspected of overage or underage parking? Does one now have to get a Pensioner’s disc from somewhere? Would there be a drop off in highlight sales at the hair salon when a contingent suddenly ceased masquerading as moms & tots (grab-a-grandchild), or aid-assisted walkers?
Would there be fisticuffs or fisti-verbs, if a short-sighted parker selected the wrong space, or one decided that as long as the parking was demarcated it didn’t matter; for example, a mom & tot in a pensioner’s spot? The mind boggles – well, sorry, mine does anyway.
Of course, there will always be those able-bodied narcissists who will park there no matter what you stick on the lines and pillars around them.
I had visions of long queues for Pensioner bays on Pensioner days. Realistically, of course, all categories are allowed to park in un-demarcated bays. I imagine reserving more than four bays for each category could lead to unbudgeted shrinkage; the car park is there for use by shoppers after all and the first hour and a half is free.
All in all, well done to mall management, ‘just up my street’, for considering the lesser-abled-without- tots. I will wait until I am in need before availing of such privilege. Until then, exercise is more advantageous and shopping is my only outlet for this kind of shrinkage. Gone are the days when Gran and I could walk from home to the shops in safety, but at least I can walk from the carpark to the mall.
P.S. How about Parking for Peeps with Pets?