True story here.We have a handicapped daughter and I can't tell you how many times we have driven around in vain trying to find a wheel chair accessible parking space. Too many times we see perfectly able-bodied people drive out of handicapped spaces. Nice to see that guy get what he deserved!
It is obvious to me that you use your wife's placard wisely. I'll bet you never park in the spaces reserved for those who need special spots with room to deploy a ramp so that a wheelchair can exit the vehicle. The people who bother me are those who have no obvious need to deploy a ramp and are perfectly capable of walking some short distance.True story here.
I was driving with my wife to her bank. As I pull into the handicapped spot, I see our County Parking Enforcement Officer drive right by as I'm getting out of the car. He doesn't see my wife. So he sits tight, and doesn't see me watching him writing up the parking ticket through the windows of the bank.
So as my wife and I walk back out to our car, he comes up to me, starting the conversation:
Officer: Excuse me, but are you XXXXX?
Me: No, I'm not.
Officer: Then why are you using her disabled placard, it's against the law, and you're looking at a $3500 fine if you don't explain to me why you are using it.
Me: Simple. I'm not XXXXX. She (me pointing at her) is XXXXX.
I lead her to him, and she shows him her ID. He fumes a little bit, apologizes, and walks away. He didn't realize that my wife was there, blind, and without our guide dog. I was there guiding her, so she didn't need her cane, either.
My point: Looks can be deceiving. While I know for a fact there are people abusing disabled placards and should be fined for it, there are those who do use them as they should. Her placard is on my rear view mirror of my car; however, when she is not in the car, I do not and will not park in a handicapped spot. It is my wife's privilege, not mine.
When my father was terminally ill (cancer plus a stroke) we were issued with a disabled/handicapped parking pass; until then, it was a matter I had never really considered, - because I never had to consider it - but I have been very aware of it ever since.
Not surprising, but perhaps inevitable; I have long been struck by the incredible sense of entitlement that some people have.I had a friend who continued to use her mother's hang tag two years after her mother died. Drove me nuts.