The number of reserved parking spaces is on the rise in shopping centers in New Jersey. I understand the need for handicapped spaces, obviously those with disabilities have a legitimate need to be closer to where they need to go. They have every right to those reserved parking spaces, and I would never use them no matter how far away I had to park.
What really irritates me are the signs at my local BJ’s Wholesale Club. The offensive signs read, “Reserved for Members with Infants.” Why should I have to walk farther because other people have chosen to breed? Are parents more important than anyone else? Your reproductive decisions are not my problem.
Worse yet was the sign I saw this past weekend. “Reserved Parking Low Emitting and Fuel Efficient Vehicle Only.” Better still, the word “hybrid” was painted in bright blue on the asphalt. Congratulations for buying a car, good for you. I will park my pickup truck lengthwise, taking up at least three hybrid spaces, and when your hybrid needs to be towed, I can haul it off for you in the bed of my truck.
As neither the infant nor hybrid reserved spaces are enforceable by law, I park in them whenever they are available. My husband will likewise utilize the infant spaces, even if he is alone in the car.