And the debate continues. The fors and against on the parking bays for parents.
In this corner we have the, “stop using your kids for a closer parking space” whingers, and in this corner we have the, “without that space I would have to crawl through the sunroof to get my kids out” whingers.
Why am I blogging about this despite the fact that it has been done to death?
Because lately I have come across articles, comments, and forums, on the parent/child parking bays and I have always had my opinions on them, but it wasn’t until now that I thought it was high time I forced those opinions onto the likes of others, so here goes.
So, when I first moved to England I had to ask my husband what the little stick figure parking spots represented. We don’t have these in America or at least not since the last time I was there.
My husband tells me that they are parking spots for parents with children. My first thought was cool, but where do the fat people park? No offence to fat people. My second thought was, the time has come for my husband and me to make some noise so I too could make proper use of those sweet spots. No pun intended.
Over time I started to witness the pure crazy these parking bays brought out in people. I now see why these do not exist in The States. The gun laws are not strict enough and bloodshed would ensue.
The reasons that have been given for why parents need a PCPB are endless. Sort of. Why do we need parent child parking bays? Because:
- If my child is crying I can get to the car quicker for their sake. Your baby will not suffer simply because they couldn’t cry in the car a minute sooner. You don’t need to get a crying baby to the car quicker because they are happy to cry anwhere, be it the shop, car park, your car, my car, and especially in a restaurant. They are versatile like that.
- Crying babies annoy people and getting my baby to the car quicker would be appreciated by these people. Oh….I see. So you having a close parking space is actually for my benefit? You’re doing me a favour? Well if I’d only known, you thoughtful little thing you. Now that I am done being sarcastic……Yes, crying babies can and do annoy people, but when your baby is crying in the shop, people are not thinking to themselves, ‘Gee, I hope that lady was fortunate enough to get a close parking space, bless her.’ Seeing a mother making her way through the car park with her crying baby is not going to have an affect on me.
- Managing more than one child is difficult, so being closer to the shop is a must. Managing more than one kids is difficult, but being closer to the shop isn’t a must. How on earth did parents of multiple children get on before these parking bays came into play? I see mums all the time that manage to get multiple small children from the back end of the car park to the front without incident. Being closer to the shop is easier and convenient, but certainly not a must.
- The child may dart out in front of traffic. Make your child the last thing you get out of the car and then hold their hand. Simples.
- I am pregnant and I get winded when I walk too far and I don’t want to have to waddle very far either. Some fat people get winded walking and they don’t want to waddle too far either, but there are not special spaces for them….yet. Again, no offence to fat people.
- I wonder if those people who wanted the stores to ”do away with the p&c parking spaces” would also mind children accidentally opening the car door too fast and denting their car though?! Oh for crying out loud. Are you bloody joking me? Reaching much! How about parking bays for adults that open car doors too fast, misjudge the space, or get caught out by the wind, thus sending their door into the car next to them? Bah!
- Space, space, and more space is needed. I say again, how in the hell did people manage before the PCPB? Seriously?!? Park at the back of the damn car park. It is not unsafe and nor is walking your children from the back of the car park to the front. Parents managed for many a year before these bloody special spaces were invented.
- The spaces are the right of the child, not the parent. People seem to be forgetting that and seeing it as a perk for the parent. It is for the safety of the child. It is not your child’s right to have an extra wide space next to the shop, FHS. I say again that many parents for many years managed to safely get their kids out of and into cars, not to mention in and out of shops via the car park without incident. Get a grip. Your vigilance is their safety.
- Because the PCPB is at the front of the shop and I need the space, but if they were at the back I would be most happy to use them, because walking is not the issue. I keep hearing this argument and yet there is mountains of room at the back of car parks. Why on earth do you need a special parking space in order for you to deem it safe enough to park there? You don’t. The back of the car park provides ample space to remove yourself, children, and all belongings. Nonetheless, a couple of Morrison’s shops have moved their PCPB to the back of the car park and even provided safe passage to the shop and yet these spaces remain empty. Interesting? I think so.
- I am lazy, tired, and fed-up. I want to park right in front of the shop because I don’t want to walk 100 yards, nay 50 yards, with my baby in tow. Just the mere thought of it makes my lady hormones tighten up and writhe with fury. Hallelujah and an Amen! Now this one I can totally relate to.
At the end of the day I don’t lose sleep over the fact that these parking bays exist and I don’t get worked up when I see anyone using them, whether they need them or not. I don’t mind parking farther away to take advantage of the ample space at the back of the car park and then walking. It is completely possible to keep your kids safe whilst walking through a car park. My daughter has made it to 9 years old without one incident in a car park. Even now, I hold her hand and keep a keen eye on the other cars in the car park in an effort to keep my daughter safe. It’s pretty simple.
I can see why the non-parent folk get annoyed at the special treatment given to people who chose to have children and then expect or want to be pandered to. I can also understand the parent folk and their reasonings behind wanting the luxury of having PCPB. It makes shopping trips with the wee ones simpler in many ways, but it stops there. These spaces are clearly not a necessity and parents could and would manage without them.
It really is sad the way some people behave over these spaces. It brings out the absolute worst in people and all for the sake of a parking space. A parking space that has people screaming, cursing, and fighting with each other. A parking space that infuriates people to the point that they are complaining on forums, to the shops, and even police.
I say, give those spots to parents who have sick or disabled children that don’t yet qualify for a blue badge and really do need the extra space and the capability to be nearer the shop. These are the parents that would truly benefit from their use.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against fat people, children, mummies, daddies, car parks, dogs, Tesco, or lady hormones.
Disclaimer 2: No animals were harmed in the making of this blog post.