Sunday, 26 June 2011

Rant

I just popped out, down to the local shops. At the final road junction before I got there, a woman had parked across the dropped kerb, and was still sitting in the car. I asked her, very politely, to move.

It pains me to report to you that I was greeted with a load of swearie-words. About the only bit I can repeat to your tender ears (/eyes), reader, is:
"How was I supposed to know you'd be here?"
Well you know what, love? THAT'S THE WHOLE BLOODY POINT! If it was just a case of "Margo'll be along at 12.57, Sunday lunchtime", you could roll your car out of the way for the moment and then roll it back. But it's not. I could be along at any time. (Well, not early mornings, to be fair. I do have MS.) So could any other wheelchair or scooter user, or someone pushing a buggy.
That's why we need the dropped kerb to be free. That's why the powers that be, in a rare example of common sense, have demarcated it with a double yellow line.

So don't fecking park your car across it in the first place. OK? OK, good. I'm glad we've got that sorted.

6 comments:

  1. I've been sworn at (even had the Vs flicked at me by an 8/9 year old) for having the temerity to asking people to remove themselves from their ILLEGAL parking place. They often say "I'm just waiting". I always respond with "What for? Disability?" I've been known to ask if this is the ONLY time they'll put themselves in my place too. Bastards.

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  2. I've even had people walking along at high speed, not looking at anything below their own neck-height it seems, run headlong into my rollator than yell at me for not looking where I was going. I was looking where I was going, not off to my right...

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  3. Oh yes Sam...I've had people literally end up sitting in my lap when they've tripped over my wheelchair, because they weren't looking where they were going!

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  4. Or stop dead in front of you and then complain when your foot rests eat their ankles?

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  5. I've had people move at my request and then very pointedly and deliberately reverse back so they're blocking the access again.

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  6. Grr Emma, had that one, SO irritating!

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