Not bothered by Blue Badge trouble in Wirral supermarket carpark

Not bothered by Blue Badge trouble in Wirral supermarket carpark

Not bothered by Blue Badge trouble in Wirral supermarket carpark

First published in Letters

WHILE putting shopping into the boot of my car at my local Morrison’s store at New Brighton, I was accosted by another female driver who wanted my space.

I turned around to say I was not leaving yet, as I was waiting for my daughter and friend, whereupon the driver questioned why I was using a disabled parking bay and said I had no right to it.

Although I asked her several times if she would like to see my blue badge, she would not believe I had a right to have one.

This went on for several minutes until I retrieved my badge from the dashboard, showed her my photograph and asked if she would like to know what was wrong with me.

You see, I have secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and bladder and bowel dysfunction, neither of which are evident to the naked eye.

On a good day, with the right pain relief and effective continence control, I am able to get on with my life.

Perhaps I should wear a placard around my neck to make it easier for people to judge and discriminate against me.

I suggest a look at the Ms Society and Bladder and Bowel Foundation websites.

By the way she didn't ruin my day.

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7:50am Sat 26 Jul 14

the99% says...

well put Sir.
I get dirty looks all the time when using bays because I too have an invisible disability.
I didnt apply for a badge for 5 years after qualifying as I felt I was being labelled and didnt want to accept the term "disabled" being used to define me as I am a much broader deeper personality than that.
That said if the other party was also disabled and you were merely sitting waiting wouldn't it be good manners to move to another space so her access needs could also be met?
well put Sir. I get dirty looks all the time when using bays because I too have an invisible disability. I didnt apply for a badge for 5 years after qualifying as I felt I was being labelled and didnt want to accept the term "disabled" being used to define me as I am a much broader deeper personality than that. That said if the other party was also disabled and you were merely sitting waiting wouldn't it be good manners to move to another space so her access needs could also be met? the99%
  • Score: 20

8:24am Sat 26 Jul 14

JohnON says...

So, which is better: Able-bodied people who try to help protect your scarce disabled parking spaces or able-bodied people who couldn't care less?
So, which is better: Able-bodied people who try to help protect your scarce disabled parking spaces or able-bodied people who couldn't care less? JohnON
  • Score: 2

9:23am Sat 26 Jul 14

rover600 says...

We encounter the same problem regularly, my wife doesn't look terminally ill. I have no problem with being challenged and I regularly challenge people for these vital facilities are sadly abused by non-badge holders. I just politely ask "excuse me do you have a blue badge"? If it's not visible I a) ask to see it and be politely suggest it's in everyone's best interest to display it. Certainly on the highway or in public spaces it is a legal requirement to display, don't at your peril.
We encounter the same problem regularly, my wife doesn't look terminally ill. I have no problem with being challenged and I regularly challenge people for these vital facilities are sadly abused by non-badge holders. I just politely ask "excuse me do you have a blue badge"? If it's not visible I a) ask to see it and be politely suggest it's in everyone's best interest to display it. Certainly on the highway or in public spaces it is a legal requirement to display, don't at your peril. rover600
  • Score: 12

11:42am Sat 26 Jul 14

lloydy says...

I understand that Blue Badge holders get peeved when none disabled people park in their bays. But they are then amongst the first to park in Parent and Child places. I always find it a little hypocritical when this happens.
I understand that Blue Badge holders get peeved when none disabled people park in their bays. But they are then amongst the first to park in Parent and Child places. I always find it a little hypocritical when this happens. lloydy
  • Score: 13

2:44pm Sat 26 Jul 14

EddieGremlin says...

This is an example of the bigotry from the con-dem so called governments attitude to disabled people. You might say that this is the only 'top-down' policy that has worked, thanks to the idiots at the DWP and their Brown Shirts ATOS. If you don't look disabled, you're not. Right?
Maybe these morons, when they wan't your parking space they should take the disability too. See how well they manage..
This is an example of the bigotry from the con-dem so called governments attitude to disabled people. You might say that this is the only 'top-down' policy that has worked, thanks to the idiots at the DWP and their Brown Shirts ATOS. If you don't look disabled, you're not. Right? Maybe these morons, when they wan't your parking space they should take the disability too. See how well they manage.. EddieGremlin
  • Score: 6

7:10pm Sat 26 Jul 14

dave301bounty says...

This is NOT an Isolated case ,I was looked at ,then sneered at in that supermarket in new brighton only last week ,and when I MADE A COMMENT the scene went ugly ,my son went to the manager ,who would not ,,,WOULD NOT sort the matter out ,the person who made the horrible remarks left shouting abuse ,,and she is a local person ,,,I pity the people who live by her and her kind .a very similar thing ,action has happened in the car park at the model boating lake ,, what is the matter with these hypocrites ,because the incident in the boating lake c/park was by local persons ,,I am disgusted by this very stupid attitude by supposed grown men ,is it the weather they cannot handle ,I wonder ..
This is NOT an Isolated case ,I was looked at ,then sneered at in that supermarket in new brighton only last week ,and when I MADE A COMMENT the scene went ugly ,my son went to the manager ,who would not ,,,WOULD NOT sort the matter out ,the person who made the horrible remarks left shouting abuse ,,and she is a local person ,,,I pity the people who live by her and her kind .a very similar thing ,action has happened in the car park at the model boating lake ,, what is the matter with these hypocrites ,because the incident in the boating lake c/park was by local persons ,,I am disgusted by this very stupid attitude by supposed grown men ,is it the weather they cannot handle ,I wonder .. dave301bounty
  • Score: 3

8:53am Sun 27 Jul 14

rover600 says...

IF you are being abused in the manner described on public or council land then I truly would call the police, this is defined in law as "Assault"' the misnomer is you have to have been physically hit/injured to have been assaulted, WRONG, acting in the manner you describe is an arrestable offence. The only way we will clear the worlds of hate, be that against religion, ethnicity, sex or disability is by putting the abusers in a situation where they realise there are (serious) consequences to their actions, I'm not suggesting bang them up but they need the shock.

In a private car park such as Morrisons IF store management refuse to act or respond once asked, report them to their head office, I can understand their reticence to get involved when they have no real power and no employee should put themselves at risk of assault or injury if they feel getting involved would but they have a responsibility in keeping their customers safe and should call the Police once aware of the situation...
IF you are being abused in the manner described on public or council land then I truly would call the police, this is defined in law as "Assault"' the misnomer is you have to have been physically hit/injured to have been assaulted, WRONG, acting in the manner you describe is an arrestable offence. The only way we will clear the worlds of hate, be that against religion, ethnicity, sex or disability is by putting the abusers in a situation where they realise there are (serious) consequences to their actions, I'm not suggesting bang them up but they need the shock. In a private car park such as Morrisons IF store management refuse to act or respond once asked, report them to their head office, I can understand their reticence to get involved when they have no real power and no employee should put themselves at risk of assault or injury if they feel getting involved would but they have a responsibility in keeping their customers safe and should call the Police once aware of the situation... rover600
  • Score: -2

4:06pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Dazzzler says...

Blue badge holder and I also have days when I can appear able bodied. However on these days I DO NOT use my badge (In a disabled bay) as those suffering on that day NEED the bay more than I do.

I am sure this was said in the info I received at the same time I got my badges that I should only use it when needed, it's called courtesy.
Blue badge holder and I also have days when I can appear able bodied. However on these days I DO NOT use my badge (In a disabled bay) as those suffering on that day NEED the bay more than I do. I am sure this was said in the info I received at the same time I got my badges that I should only use it when needed, it's called courtesy. Dazzzler
  • Score: 11

9:58pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Positive thinker says...

Have you lot got nothing better to do?
Have you lot got nothing better to do? Positive thinker
  • Score: -4

9:17am Thu 31 Jul 14

piermaster says...

Positive thinker wrote:
Have you lot got nothing better to do?
How would you like to try going about your normal routine with a disability?? You should be ashamed of you comment,but then again I suppose insensitivity to other peoples needs is a form of disability or it just a reflection on a very limited education!!
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: Have you lot got nothing better to do?[/p][/quote]How would you like to try going about your normal routine with a disability?? You should be ashamed of you comment,but then again I suppose insensitivity to other peoples needs is a form of disability or it just a reflection on a very limited education!! piermaster
  • Score: 9

10:09am Thu 31 Jul 14

Positive thinker says...

Most of them badges are used by relatives without the disability,I've had a
pizza delivered by a Motability car so come the you should be ashamed of yourself as it won't wash
Most of them badges are used by relatives without the disability,I've had a pizza delivered by a Motability car so come the you should be ashamed of yourself as it won't wash Positive thinker
  • Score: -4

10:32am Thu 31 Jul 14

rover600 says...

Positive thinker wrote:
Have you lot got nothing better to do?
Seems you seem to be the one with nothing better to do than throw in controversial 'one liners'... The comments made quote "Most of them badges are used by relatives without the disability" are insulting and offensive as well as wholly inaccurate.

I'm not saying some do not abuse these 'privileged badges' and those that do are committing a criminal offence if on public land or the highway (parking on double yellow lines which a badge holder can legally do).

These badges are not given out for the fun of it, try applying for one the criteria is extremely strict, we qualify purely on the back of my wife having an incurable form of Brain Cancer which gives her a life expectancy of less than six months, I pray you or the (other) idiots who park in these spaces without a badge or the badge holder on board are never in the same situation.
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: Have you lot got nothing better to do?[/p][/quote]Seems you seem to be the one with nothing better to do than throw in controversial 'one liners'... The comments made quote "Most of them badges are used by relatives without the disability" are insulting and offensive as well as wholly inaccurate. I'm not saying some do not abuse these 'privileged badges' and those that do are committing a criminal offence if on public land or the highway (parking on double yellow lines which a badge holder can legally do). These badges are not given out for the fun of it, try applying for one the criteria is extremely strict, we qualify purely on the back of my wife having an incurable form of Brain Cancer which gives her a life expectancy of less than six months, I pray you or the (other) idiots who park in these spaces without a badge or the badge holder on board are never in the same situation. rover600
  • Score: 4

2:15pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Positive thinker says...

Yes I have downloaded application form

Can't see anywhere in T & C that allows your great granddaughters uncles
brother to use the car and badge to deliver junk food for the
local grot spot kebab takeaway
Yes I have downloaded application form Can't see anywhere in T & C that allows your great granddaughters uncles brother to use the car and badge to deliver junk food for the local grot spot kebab takeaway Positive thinker
  • Score: -5

2:18pm Sun 10 Aug 14

robocoupe says...

lloydy wrote:
I understand that Blue Badge holders get peeved when none disabled people park in their bays. But they are then amongst the first to park in Parent and Child places. I always find it a little hypocritical when this happens.
However, being a parent is a choice, disability is not!
[quote][p][bold]lloydy[/bold] wrote: I understand that Blue Badge holders get peeved when none disabled people park in their bays. But they are then amongst the first to park in Parent and Child places. I always find it a little hypocritical when this happens.[/p][/quote]However, being a parent is a choice, disability is not! robocoupe
  • Score: 4

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