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Can't find a parking spot? Get a hybrid ... or a baby.
pioneer press ^ | 03/02/2011 | Bob Shaw

Posted on 03/03/2011 2:59:14 PM PST by george76

New types of restricted slots are popping up in local parking lots, but not everyone's a fan.

When confronted with politically correct parking, Alyson Yaman was fed up. "It's pretentious," Yaman said after lugging her 18-month-old daughter past several empty parking spaces reserved for "fuel efficient" cars and "car pools."

What, for example, does "fuel efficient" mean?

(Excerpt) Read more at twincities.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: hybird; hybrid; mn; parking; pc

1 posted on 03/03/2011 2:59:16 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

We need to just stop giving sub-classes of people special privileges and statuses. If you are truly disabled, like can’t walk or stuff, I don’t have a problem for that. Too many ‘disabled’ that are not disabled today.

If you’re not truly disabled, motor disabled, can’t walk, too bad. Kids? Kids are not a disability, they are a choice. Hybrid? You’re already saving money over the rest of us, go park with the rest of us.


2 posted on 03/03/2011 3:02:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: george76

Given this is MN, next will be parking for transgendered dwarfs and somali pirates.


3 posted on 03/03/2011 3:03:35 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: george76
Any time I see one of these BS reserved places, I park in it.

I can't stand entitled people.

4 posted on 03/03/2011 3:05:23 PM PST by HIDEK6
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To: george76

I’m going to ostentatiously park my V-8 Truck in a “fuel efficient” slot. What are they going to do?


5 posted on 03/03/2011 3:05:46 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: Secret Agent Man

“Too many ‘disabled’ that are not disabled today.”

I was at a buffet restaurant a couple of months ago. I had to park way in the back of the lot, as the place was packed. As I was leaving, two huge suvs (Escalades?) pulled into two handicapped spaces. A whole pack of minorities popped out and waltzed in. They had those “Handicap” things hangin’ from the rearview mirror. Obviously none of them were handicapped. I called the cops. I didn’t stick around to see the results of my call, but it is a $250 ticket.
What kinda doctors are handin’ out these passes? One guess!


6 posted on 03/03/2011 3:10:56 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: george76
I wonder if this qualifies as a "car pool"?

7 posted on 03/03/2011 3:14:30 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (Most of my best comments have been deleted.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Since it’s private property, probably have it towed.

Me, I just don’t shop at such silly places.


8 posted on 03/03/2011 3:14:59 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“What kinda doctors are handin’ out these passes? One guess!”

Most likely someone in the family is disabled. The hanging decal is in the car whether the disable person is in the car. This group is abusing the handicap stick privilege. I have a sticker for my mother-in-law who is 88. She cannot walk well. I never use the sticker unless she is in the car. This group deserves the fine.


9 posted on 03/03/2011 3:15:12 PM PST by businessprofessor
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To: george76

Park in them anyway. There’s no way to legally enforce crap like that...unless we give in willingly.


10 posted on 03/03/2011 3:17:48 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (You CAN get blood from a stone, if you throw it hard enough.)
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To: businessprofessor

I don’t have a hanging decal, I have an honest-to-gosh plate. I don’t look disabled these days, but nobody gives me a hard time.


11 posted on 03/03/2011 3:21:39 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (You CAN get blood from a stone, if you throw it hard enough.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I know people pass around the handicapped signs. I use a license plate. I think that should be the only type, except of course for a temporary sign.

I will say that a lot of people have handicaps you cannot see - heart problems, diabetic neuropathy. I will also say that I simply forego going to places like Walmart - handicapped friendly or not (and it is, compared to say, NYC - isn’t that strange??) it’s just too much a zoo for me to deal with physically.


12 posted on 03/03/2011 3:23:53 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: george76

My Sprinter can use biodiesel and thus qualifies. There is no biodiesel available but I get the space anyway


13 posted on 03/03/2011 3:27:52 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: george76

My 9 passenger Chevy Caprice Station Wagon is really eficient when it’s filled with people ... much more so than a hybrid driven by a singleton.


14 posted on 03/03/2011 3:33:15 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: I still care

I understand that. But,,,These punks were two people in their Thirties, and about 8 kids. I have diabetic neuropathy, numb feet, and bad knees, sometimes requiring a cane, but I don’t let that stuff slow me down! These people were fine. And,,, I hope they were fined!


15 posted on 03/03/2011 3:34:30 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: george76

I usually see these two women,pull up in separate cars with the the disabled placards,park in the disabled spot,get the dogs out and proceed to hike a few miles over the trails.
There are plenty of parking spaces available,so they don’t impinge on me in any way,it is just the gall of it all.


16 posted on 03/03/2011 3:39:03 PM PST by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: george76

seems upside down to me. reserved parking for hybrids should be farthest away from the store. They use less gas so they can go farther for less.
The honking SUV\Pickup trucks should park closer so we can save gas.


17 posted on 03/03/2011 3:45:31 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: Uncle Miltie

My F-150 is very fuel efficient.

It burns every drop of fuel I put in it.


18 posted on 03/03/2011 3:55:43 PM PST by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards lying to me.)
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To: george76
In an earlier life, I was the property manager of an office building and attached parking garage. I still remember the time I had a car -- which had no "handicapped parking" permit -- towed from a "handicapped" parking space.

It turned out that the driver was, in fact, disabled. He had neglected to hang his permit from his mirror. He paid me a visit, on crutches, in my office -- to thank me for enforcing the regulation. I arranged to have our company pay the tow fee.

The handicapped parking stuff, and the parking for hybrids, and the parking for pregnant women, and parking for people with babies or small children, etc. can go way too far. But any able-bodied person who parks in a "handicapped" space should be fined.

19 posted on 03/03/2011 4:05:34 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: I still care
it’s just too much a zoo for me to deal with physically.

Children running wild in the aisles make me cringe. Those parents have no idea what it's like to negotiate your way around moving obstacles when you can hardly walk.

20 posted on 03/03/2011 4:06:09 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (You CAN get blood from a stone, if you throw it hard enough.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Lighten up. What did you do when you were a kid? I know, you don't remember. You sound like one of those miserable magpies.

The sound of children is music to me.

21 posted on 03/03/2011 4:15:09 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: I still care
I will say that a lot of people have handicaps you cannot see - heart problems, diabetic neuropathy.

Good grief...We need a disabled parking sign for those with temporary health issues, like sprained ankles, migraine headaches, arthritis acting up, sore backs, gout, and painful feet, and the overweight who are having difficulty walking in to buy more food...

22 posted on 03/03/2011 4:16:32 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: george76

When I see those “Hybrid only” parking spots I try to take two of them ;-)


23 posted on 03/03/2011 4:16:39 PM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: bert

I have an Accord hybrid. It drives like a regular car but gets about 20% better fuel economy and I can park in the high efficiency spaces.


24 posted on 03/03/2011 4:24:17 PM PST by reg45
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To: george76
What, for example, does "fuel efficient" mean?

Indeed. Which is more "efficient"?

1.  a minivan that gets 25 MPG with 6 passengers

2. a hybrid that gets 40 MPG, but only has one passenger?

25 posted on 03/03/2011 4:32:54 PM PST by zeugma (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam)
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To: george76

This is so moronic. People should just ignore it just like those idiots who park their giant size SUVs in the COMPACT spots, which actually are physically smaller.

Able bodied people should park in the furthest spot away anyway and walk for the exercise.

I’ve also noticed that if municipalities want to make some dough, just put a cop outside any establishment selling liquor and ticket all the lazy drunks who insist on parking their car right on the curb, clearly marked FIRE LANE or NO PARKING. Seriously, dipsos, can you not read?


26 posted on 03/03/2011 4:33:00 PM PST by j-damn
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To: Cyber Liberty
I just re-read how I replied to to and I appoligize. It reads like an attack. I didn't mean that.

Here is a little tip that I use when kids are annoying in a super market. And they are.

Stop and just stand there looking at something.
It is amazing how fast people go through a store.
I find if I just STOP the world seems to just pass me by.

27 posted on 03/03/2011 4:58:44 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: AGreatPer

I had a total hip replacement last June. I’ve recovered to the point I can walk a straight line and look like nothing’s wrong. Throw a ball in front of a few feet and the pain of trying to twist my gait avoid it is rough business.

I like kids too, but I can’t stand there for long to wait them out. I just try to go to the store when there aren’t that many people. That’s when the young Mommies are out in force, too. I used to carry my cane just to ward them off.


28 posted on 03/03/2011 5:22:48 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (You CAN get blood from a stone, if you throw it hard enough.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I know it’s illegal to park in a Wheelie Space without a permit...but what about the others?

Here in Texas, if it ain’t a Wheelie Space and it is open, I take it. I DARE any supermarket to challenge me (and thus lose my business)...and they’re not that stupid.


29 posted on 03/03/2011 5:36:24 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Cyber Liberty
I now use the riding machine. I avoided it using a walker for a long time but found out I can get to the back of the store but can't make it back.
I put my pride aside and use it.
I hate this gettin' old stuff. Nobody told me it was gonna hurt.
Sounds like I'm complaining. Not. It goes with the territory. Appreciate what I have. Family and friends.
30 posted on 03/03/2011 5:46:56 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: AGreatPer

I should have mentioned I’m a crank that just turned 53...I hate the getting old business, too.


31 posted on 03/03/2011 6:24:04 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (You CAN get blood from a stone, if you throw it hard enough.)
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To: AGreatPer; Cyber Liberty
Just stop for a moment. I couldn;t agree with you more.

This idea that children should be polite and thoughtful of their elders is just soooooooooo old fashioned.

May your ideas spread to encompass the entire populace.

32 posted on 03/03/2011 7:03:18 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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