I had HIGNFY on my Virgin Box so I deliberately looked out for the joke. I really took it that it was a poke at those who are using scooters as a lazy way of getting around without having to pay to run a car rather than a go at the disabled. As some on this thread have said there have been a lot of stories recently about an increase in people buying scooters who do not have disabilities but want to avoid increased petrol prices.
I suppose that it is a 2012 version of a classic tabloid story about someone buying a scooter so they could ride home from the pub and not be breathalysed. You used to see that one a lot.
In America it is apparently quite common for people to use scooters rather than their cars to avoid short walks. When we were in Vegas last we saw a company that hired scooters out so that people could go up and down the strip or even just through their casinos and although many people using them had obvious medical issues lots didn't. Some were obviously people with real but hidden disabilities but a lot, logically, must have been just adverse to walking.
And the name of the business? "Chubby Chariots" We loved it.
I have always had a real gallows humour and, fortunately, so does my husband. Our conversations when no one else is is listening would likely get us hanged, drawn and quartered by some of the people on here! We laugh about when I will need a "Chubby Chariot" or my husband says that I will be called "Davros" if I need a powered wheelchair (one for the Dr Who fans there). I won't dare tell you what he calls my Blue Badge. Does that mean that we are being abusive about the disabled? Or does it mean that, even though I am becoming increasingly disabled, that I have lost the ability to laugh at myself or my situation?
MS may be turning my brain into Swiss cheese but it hasn't taken my personality yet, I hope!