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One of my biggest pet peeves is finding a handicap parking spot, or rather, not finding a handicap spot. I really don’t have an issue of driving long distances in my chair, but I need the particular spot to have the extra space for the ramp to come down from my vehicle. Parking lots are dangerous places as I am not as visible when cars are backing up; another good reason for me to use the designated spot. I really don’t mind if they are used legitimately by people with disabilities, but what really gets on my nerves is when people use the spots because they’re lazy. I’ve tried to come up with some cute and creative ideas to get the point across to people but usually in the moment I am too fired up to write them a nice, informative note. The best idea that I’ve come up with is to wear a shirt around town that says, “I’m only in it for the parking”. The shirt also has a big handicap sign on it. I’ve noticed people take a step back and think about it after reading the shirt, and my close friends just laugh at me and say, “Typical Demi!” I want to open this discussion up, particularly because honestly I don’t think enough can be done to educate people about abuse of these designated handicapped parking spots. I’m naïve and don’t fully know all the reasons that people may be using these spots. Please leave a comment at the bottom and tell me your disability, why you use the spot, and if you have any creative suggestions to educate abusers.