If you're and able-bodied driver and ever had a fleeting thought about parking in an empty handicapped space in a crowded parking lot, you're human. If you've ever had that thought – and actually followed through on it – well, you're probably just a jerk.

In an effort to document, and perhaps shame, those drivers among us who resort to such everyday scumbaggery, two reporters from the Detroit Free Press visited various parking lots in the greater Motor City vicinity and questioned drivers who appeared to violate this basic social compact.

As you can see in the video above, some of the guilty parties immediately fess up, some offer some lame excuses and some just drive away.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      But how about all those other places that have 5-10 handicap spaces that are not filled because you need to have a certain amount by law, and the rest of of the spaces are full, and you're forced to park in another parking lot, or a really crumby road that does damage to your car. Because I've had to have my car all jacked up for unfilled handicap spaces, this story not only did not persuade me, I was enraged by the crumby reporting, since they don't talk about the other side of the story.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chris there is no other side to the story jerk. There handicap parking spots only for those that are disabled even when there not being used ..So get over it and stop taking handicap parking places you jerk.
          • 3 Years Ago
          I just mentioned the other side. You just have your mind walled off to it because of your moral delusion. Make an intelligent reply, backed with evidence, or don't make one at all. :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lame excuse- it didn't "persuade you".. how nice - I hope you or any of your loved ones never get into a situation where you will see the other side of the situation... you will be "persuaded" very quickly...
        jzoeckle
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chris: I don't see any other side to this story. If you are parking in handicapped spaces, you are morally handicapped.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jzoeckle
          I just mentioned the other side of the story in my comment. Other side: when all the parking spaces are full and you're forced to go into another parking lot or have your car jacked up for crumby terrain, even though there may be 5-10 handicap spaces that are never filled.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well done! Here in CA, the fines are $250 and up, so there is a stronger deterrent for not parking in a handicapped spot. Nonetheless, I do know that there are plenty of people using the system in the same ways as some in this article. I had surgery about 26 years ago and was in a wheel chair for two months. In those days there were no big fines and people were always parked in the handicapped spots with no placards. I sometimes confronted them when they came out of the stores and most were apologetic, though some were downright rude. I am glad that things have improved here in CA, maybe there needs to be a stiffer fine in Detroit to make it less attractive to use a space that is sorely needed by someone in need.
      LAWMANTOO
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they would be more aggressive in Ohio. Whenever I see a violator, my stomach turns. Most of the violators have fat asses and an air of entitlement. I have started copying the placard numbers and the vehicle license plates and turn them in to the BMV. I don't know whether it does any good, but I feel better about it.
      Jon
      • 3 Years Ago
      if you cannot see a disability, like epileptic seizures, it doesn't exist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jon
        should a seizure justify a handicap spot or a driver's license for that matter?
      Lita
      • 3 Years Ago
      Put a boot on the wheel. And don't release it until the fine for illegally parking in a space meant for the handicapped is paid in full.
      danno
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well everybody does it..The typical democrat responce to anything..
      rt4849
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 92 year old mother has a handicap parking sticker, but I don't think she needs one. When she gets into Walmart she walks all over that place. She does have to stop periodically because her legs starts to cramp. She does qualify for a handicap parking sticker because of her leg cramps. But she still can walk from one end of the mall to the next if she stops on the way. Her doctor says she needs to walk as much as she can. I drop her off at the door most of the time so we don't use her handicap parking sticker much. I know several people that have handicap parking stickers that should not have them. And watching people in the store there are a lot more that should not have them. Have you noticed that it is hard to find a handicap parking spot because they are full. People who might really need one don't have a space because there are so many people who don't need them, have them. I think the solution would be to have two types of handicap stickers. A red sticker with a red parking space for those that really need one who can't walk (like people in wheel chairs, etc.), and a blue one with blue parking space for those that don't really need one but apparently qualifies based on their age, small feet, broken fingers, too fat, bad cold, etc. The red spaces should be very close to the front of the store and the blue spaces should be on the outer edge of the parking lot next to the street. That way they can get the exercise they need in getting across the parking lot to the store. Next time you go to the store and you see all the handicap parking spaces full, then go inside and see if you can find a handicap person. My guess is that you want find many. Is it worst to park illegally in a handicap spot or to legally park in a handicap spot when you don't really need one? Maybe to get a blue handicap parking space one should have to take a walking test. Let's say that if a person can walk across Walmart three times in less than 10 minutes then they do not qualify for a handicap parking space.
      • 3 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/SaveonInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      1 Evil Brat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where I am there are many who park in spots for the Handicapped and do not care. I am one of the many handicapped and find it hard to find a spot. I had one lady just plain shoot me the bird and pulled in. Real nice till the cops came and cussed up and down she had one. No she didn't - got a ticket too. Bless the cops little heart. In case: enphysema, asthma, two TKA's ( total knee augmentations - knee replacements).
      dafelan
      • 3 Years Ago
      so i guess you must be a doctor and you know all about this person just how do you know if they need the sticker i have a sticker and a vary bad heart so you can tell this by just looking at me. if you knew what you have to go thru to get a sticker rest easy my friend if any one has a sticker and its there then they proble need it.
      Nancy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am disabled, and have a tag to allow me to park in handicapped spaces. However, I am not in a wheelchair and somedays am nearly able enough to manage, or at least manage better than someone in a wheelchair who needs the space more. So on good days I park like the rest of the world, in a regular spot. I only use the handicapped spots when I'm having a really bad day and it would be a real hardship to manage to get from another parking space into a store/mall/office etc. I only got the tag initially because when I was in therapy and couldn't walk more than a few steps I desperately needed it. Knowing how desperate I was at that time makes me think twice about using one even on bad days. There's always someone who needs it more. It just isn't the non-handicapped teenager down the street! Yes, I know some people have invisible disabilities, not saying they shouldn't be able to use them, but everyone's brother, sister, husband etc really doesn't. And if someone is driving me and can drop me off at the door, there's no reason for them to park in one either.
      Russell Ledwell
      • 3 Years Ago
      This handicap parking has become a real problem. Yes the handicapped should have a few concessions. However they do not need the # of spaces awarded them through a math eqation based on sq. ft. They are seldome used and it takes up way to much space. Penn and Teller BullSh#@t show did a great cover on this very issue. Everybody should check it out before forming an opinion on how bad the handicapped have it. Plus just about any body can get a plackard for a little money and often the spouse of the handicapped uses this parking privlige. It is more goverment CRAZYNESS. These are my thoughts, what are your?
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