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Not so Smart!!

Discussion in 'The UK and Ireland' started by Penfold, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. Penfold

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    Sorry, not Tesla related but had this guy park next to me today. No kids, on his own yet decided to take up a child space. Totally didn’t care when I pointed the fact out to him. As much as we like the extra space to open doors etc. (To get the kids out people) this just takes the biscuit. The car park itself was relatively empty so it’s not like there wasn’t any parking spaces and there were closer non-child spaces closer??? No sense at all!!!
     
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    Not very well parked, either!
     
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    apparently the right way to deal with this is to get some really sticky gummy A4 paper labels printed with a polite message about their mistake and slap it on their windscreen in line with the driver's vision so it is a complete pain to remove.

    This is entirely legal (in the UK at least). whereas punching the inconsiderate [email protected] on the nose apparently is frowned on; as is letting their tyres down, blocking them in, getting them towed (off private property) and all the other stuff we know they really deserve.
     
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    otoh the line makrings do look like a crude representation of a smart car, perhaps he though it was marked specially for him?
     
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  5. IanMcL

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    Smart car with a dumb driver!
     
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    How petty can you be?
     
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    TBH I personally pay little respect to parent and child space I would never park in a blue badge space but just because someone decided to sporn they get reserved parking...

    I think not....
     
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    Lol, one of those are you. Well each to their own I guess
     
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    If by "one of them" you mean someone who gets annoyed when people think the world owes them a living and that everyone should put their hands under their feet just because they, and I stress they made the decision to have kids... then yes im one of them...

    Maybe I'm just jaded by my own experience, god knows im not a nasty or evil person but having a kid isnt a disability and very much a choice.
     
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    Im not sure where disability came in for child spaces. The whole point of a child space in my view (we all have our own views) is to get the extra width to enable opening the doors wide enough to get babies/children out of the car. It’s not a disability it’s practicality. Car parking spaces are still based on cars being the size of a 1985 fiesta (or whatever year the small ones existed) so having the extra space allows doors to open to enable safe exit/entry and assisting seat belts or putting in baby carriers. Again to me not a disability just helpful. If they stopped cramming so many spaces in and just dropped a space or two to make them wider then it wouldn’t be an issue.
     
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    "is to get the extra width to enable opening the doors wide enough to get babies/children out of the car."

    Good point... the ones near me are the same size as others just near the front door... but i get your point about car seats etc... IF everyone had FWD you wouldn't have that issue lol
     
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    HAHA!! The painting is much larger than a Smart Car, although the wheels seem to be the correct size ;):p
     
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    spawn ... just sayin :runs:
     
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    Very true.. sorry, i have issues with words... you'll have no doubt noticed if you have seen any of my other posts... :( lol
     
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    #16 thegruf, Feb 4, 2019
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    no offence intended mate.
    scotch has that effect on metoo ... oh wait ...
    ;)
     
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    apparently very - especially when it comes to negotiating a Brexit deal.

    We should all appreciate these family parking bays.

    At least if parents park there I dont get my car dinged whilst they are struggling to extricate their kids from their designer kiddie bucket seats and loading them into their over-designed prams whilst the self-willed shopping cart is heading off towards the most expensive thing to scrape down the side of.

    Block up these spaces at your peril!
     
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    Our local supermarket has about 10 wide parent/toddler spaces near the entrance, which get used mainly by singles and couples who can't be bothered to park in a normal space a few yards away. The way I see it is that the owner of the carpark gets to decide on the allocation of parking spaces and that should be respected whether you agree with it or not.

    Having recently raised a couple of kids (still only 9 and 6) I can fully appreciate the benefit of these spaces for everyone, not just the parents. Do you really want a minivan full of toddlers parking up next to your pride and joy in a normal width space? It's much better that they have their own space away from everyone else!

    There's also a good reason why they are near the entrance with the way some people race around carparks.
     
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  18. Lokolo

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    It's not about getting a reserved space. It's about getting wider spaces. In order to get sprog out the car, the door needs to be wide open. In most parking spaces in the UK, this is very difficult to in normal spaces when cars are parked both sides.

    I couldn't care less if the spaces were near the entrance or furthest away. But it is extremely difficult to get sprog out of the car in a normal space with cars parked both sides.
     
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    Agreed. Also, it's not about whether someone chooses to have kids or not, the owner of the property has made a decision to reserve those spaces for people with kids. Irrespective of the decisions you have made, you should respect the person who owns the property's right to choose how to allocate parking.
     
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