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Tears, cursing and anger over disabled parking: Roadshow


Q: There is a good reason why a seemingly able-bodied person might park in a spot reserved for the disabled. When my wife was terminally ill, people might have seen me either entering or leaving a building. What they might not have seen was that I was either returning to the car by myself after dropping my wife off or entering a building by myself to pick her up. She was noticeably disabled.

Stan Oberg, Moraga

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A: Today, it’s time to share other stories about disabled parking issues.

Q: My now-ex-wife had a screw removed from her leg and had limited mobility for a while, but needed to walk as part of her recovery and had a temporary red tag. We parked in a disabled space so she could walk, but not too far. I put the hanger on the rear-view mirror, and she went into the pharmacy to pick up some meds while I remained in the car with the kids.

An older man saw this young-looking woman making her way into a drug store, frowned, pulled out a notebook, and walked up to the car to write down our plate number.

This angered me, so I grabbed the permit off the mirror, jumped out of the car, and went up to him, saying, “Here, while you’re at it, why don’t you get the number on her parking permit?”

Many people feel that only the elderly can have disabilities and, unless someone comes out of a vehicle in a wheelchair or has gray hair and wrinkles, that person can’t possibly need the space.

Scott Riegelhaupt-Herzig, Sunnyvale

A: Oh, but they can.

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Q: We were taking my mother-in-law to dinner at The Fish Market in Santa Clara. She has medical conditions, uses a walker, and has a disabled tag. My husband dropped us off in front of the restaurant and parked in a regular spot to keep the disabled spot open. As we were leaving, he moved the car to pick us up and pulled into the disabled spot. We were getting ready to back out when an infuriated man pounded on the window, reached into the car, shaking a closed fist at my husband, and screaming obscenities at us.

My mother-in-law got scared, started shaking, crying, and was trying to get into …read more

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