Sunday mornings are my mornings to grab a cup of coffee, meander out to the mailbox for my paper and sit back and relax and catch up on what’s been going on in the world…one of my absolute favorite sections is the editorials.
A lot of time they’re about stupid stuff, or just rephrasing things I already know (yes, leaving your dog in the hot car is wrong, no home owners associates should not be allowed to do that)…but every once in a while I read one that sticks with me…either it makes me laugh, or maybe cry or infuriates me to where I’m ready to throw the paper…well, this Sunday’s paper was one of those! Did you see this editorial in the Roanoke Times by Dan Casey about the handicap lady who is being fined $25 bucks for putting her placard in the windshield rather than hanging it from the mirror? Yes, I know, 25 bucks really isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things…and that’s part of what makes this so horrible. She had the tag, why charge her? It’s a prime example of people with little tiny bits of power who let it go to their heads…and the worst part? They’re actually running her in circles about it! Just throw out the ticket! I would think once one of the head writers for the local paper calls, she’d get some action…but no, apparently he got the run around too. Shame on you Roanoke and your lazy parking Cushman cops (read the article, you’ll get the reference).
What I think really annoys me even more is the number of people that are 100% clearly not handicap, who don’t have tags or placards and still park in handicap spots. I don’t care what your excuse is…you’re not handicap, don’t park there! I think it’s incredible the audacity of people who think the entire would should revolve around them…who’d rather inconvience people who’s lives are already way worse than theirs just because they don’t want to walk an extra 10 or 20 yards (P.s. You should consider not having to park in a handicap spot a privilege…so exercise that privilege and walk!)…which brings me back to the lazy Cushman cops, who are too lazy to get off their little clown cars to check a tag and therefore fined this poor lady. You’re a cop…you should be in good shape anyway! Where are you riding these cars anyway? Get out and walk, save our environment, tax payers fuel dollars and some dignity for this city!