The city of Toronto has recently has been cracking down on able-bodied persons who use Handicap Designated Parking Spots without proper documentation (Handicap Parking window sticker or license plate) or with those fine citizens who use borrowed, stolen or fake permits. It didn't take long to charge hundreds of violators, each with their own excuse.
- Oh, its okay, I was only going to be a minute.
- Its not my fault! I couldn't find any other spot. The lot was full.
- Its a legitimate permit! It belongs to my mother who is home and couldn't come along.
- My leg was sore this morning - I thought it would be okay.
- I found the permit. You mean it was wrong to use it?
- It just expired last month and I still don't feel one hundred percent.
- This mall is private property...the city has no jurisdiction on private property!
- You mean I can't a photocopy of my friend's legitimate permit?
- Why should the disabled get all the breaks?!
Stuck in this wheelchair, I would give anything to be able to walk from the far side of the parking lot to the far end of the mall. But I can't...
I somehow thought that those who are ambulatory and otherwise healthy would feel ashamed to take away parking spots from those that are in need of their proximity. But there appears to be little shame these days. It seems that many of us have become too busy, uncaring and self important.
'Baby-Boomers' are reaching that age where the body begins to fail us. New drugs and innovative procedures are having us live longer. Each year there are increasing requests for permits to be issued.
According to the Toronto Star Newspaper:
There are 119,000 people with permits in the GTA and 687,000 in Ontario, according to the ministry's records as of 2015.
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