The illusive Parent and child parking space. A perk or a neccessity?
Not enforceable by law, these spaces are provided by an increasing number of supermarkets and shopping centres as a courtesy. A gesture of goodwill, in the hope that you will continue to shop there if you find it easy to park and offload your car full. Lovely gesture it may be. I just wonder however if it has simply created a monster in me and others. After all, what did people do before these spaces existed? Well, they made do!
I have scoured the Internet on this issue and a few supermarkets (location specific) do enforce their spaces and fine those who do misuse. However it would appear to only be those car parks managed by a third party. Not something I’ve seen where I live. Tesco issue a sticker for your window to ‘allow’ you to use their spaces. But at my local store this is nothing more than a gimmick.
To me, these spaces are nothing more than another stress. Now I have Munch, I find myself analysing each car parked in these bays for signs of ‘child life’. Nothing gets my back up more than seeing someone return to their car with no child. On the rare occasion you get a space, you feel like you’ve won a war. A small victory in your day.
Today’s experience took the biscuit. Managed to get to town early and got the very first child bay in the row, victory! Parked nose in, so the side I had to get Munch out of was next to a wall. Perfect. Only it wasn’t. I’d returned to the car to find some (enter your term of endearment here) had managed to squeeze (and I mean squeeze) their car into the gap between my car and the wall. Parking right on top of the chevrons that marked either side of the space. Granted it is the week before Christmas, but still!
As I packed up the boot another car decided to await my departure. I took a quick glance in their car. No sign of child or ‘child life’. Let’s just say, I have never struggled to fold our pram before but today it was causing me quite some difficulty. So much so the woman decided to drive on. Victory number two! Who do these morons think they are?
So my plea to all these shopping centres and supermarkets. Unless you are going to enforce these spaces, there is little benefits putting them in. Your gesture of goodwill is an added stress to a parents day, that I for one could do without. Let’s face it, we can all manage fine without them. Generations of family life prove that.