I think it’s worth calling out, Stephen. I notice things like electric carts and handicap parking spots now because my dad needs them very badly. Without electric carts, he would not be able to shop on his own.

So, when I see someone bound over to the last cart, apparently in perfect health, and then use it for an hour, I get pretty irate. That means dad has to sit, frustrated and embarrassed, often on a bench in a cold, windy entryway, waiting for a cart to be returned.

Something else I’ve only just started to notice is that many restaurants and shops are locating handicap parking spots a little bit further away from the front door so that they can have spots for delivery vehicles in the closest positions. Now, I’m sure they’re obeying the letter of the law, because if not somebody would report them and they would get in trouble. But…

Is it really critical to business operations to have the closest spots reserved for employees who are delivering things?

People who depend on handicap parking spots are often very disabled and find walking even an extra 20 or 30 feet to be an extreme burden.

I don’t think delivery people would even notice the difference, frankly. And I can’t imagine that the extra few seconds it would take them to walk can impact business operations.

Anyway, rant away! I quite agree with you.

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