I was out with my mother earlier today. She couldn't get parked in the disabled bays outside the shop we both wanted to go to so she parked in another set of disabled bays in front of another shop just along from where we were going. My legs are a bit rubbish today so I was even slower than usual. My mother was ahead of me and was about at the door of the Argos store when this woman got out of her car (in disabled bay) and immediately spoke to my mum, asking her what the problem was then immediately telling my mum she had a disabled badge! She was quite nasty to my mum and accused mum of 'staring at her'. My mother said she was sorry for 'looking' at the woman and the woman walked off into the Argos shop. Of course when we went in, who did we stand behind in the queue!? She sort of apologised and said her daughter has been disabled since she was 14. The woman did walk in an awkward way.
I haven't been 'disabled' myself for very long but when I was okay, I would never abuse the bays and neither would my mother. Indeed, we always remarked if someone parked there without a badge. But there is no denying it: we always notice if there is a car in a disabled space without a badge.
I just wanted to share this. Are we the only ones who look?! I can't imagine we are! I can't say we've had anyone question our use of the bays since I always have my badge and it's fairly obvious I have a problem. I just feel a bit upset about my mother being verbally abused like that - I couldn't do that to anyone!