One very close to me has a degenerative neurological condition that led to her being a valid candidate for a mobility parking permit.
Last April it was actioned and although the writer has for many years been a bit "hall Monitor" when a clear case of wrongful use of a reserved park was evident I am now somewhat less likely to get involved .
Alas being somewhat physically challenged and in possession of a stronger feeling of being there for my mate, I am less likely to confront such arrogant and disrespectful activity.
I note a revamped New World that is conveniently on our journey to Paradise has added "Mothers and baby parks" close to the door along from the Wheelchair option and as one who is still very aware of the stressful at times pressures of dealing with tired and crying toddlers I see it as a public service however I am unaware of any permit system for those parks. The are merely a convenience for mothers by implied permission of others unencumbered.
Back to my beef of the day, a car entered a wheelchair park and a fit youth emerged from a rear seat and ran into the mall apparently revealing little evidence of any disability while two males who may have been members of the Ngati Entitled Iwi remained seated. A bold member of the public then went to where they should have been able to see a displayed permit to occupy card only to have an arm rise up through the front passengers window with a finger raised in acknowledgement to the public spirited citizen that may well have been a 'bon voyage for travel and intimate pleasure' measure of good will.
Then again it may have been a contemptuous gesture to mind their own business as the occupants of the vehicle considered they had every right to be there and felt entitled to use that space for convenience.
Now as I understand things if I am accompanied by my besty and she intends to access the building the park is associated with then, we can use the park providing we display the permit but should she intend to remain in the vehicle while I access that building I should park with the others in the battle for space areas.
Sadly it could appear all too often the Yellow painted signage is merely a reserved space for people who could benefit from the additional exercise afforded by a brisk walk across a carpark.
Are we witnessing the latest phenomena in grossly offensive behaviour manifesting as Parking Rage.