(Quote tree trimmed a bit)
I twisted my ankle not too long ago and though it's mainly healed, if I walk too much it can start to bother me again. I hate that premium spots are reserved for pregnant women. There are so many reasons why people (men included!) might need a closer spot.
So because there can't be reserved spots for every situayion, there shouldn't be any for anyone? I can't get behind that logic.
I think that Roe's point is that if those spots weren't reserved for pregnant women then everyone would have a fair shot at getting them. No, you wouldn't be guaranteed a spot, but at least you'd have a chance. The way it is now, some people always have the chance and others have none, even if they need it equally badly.
Thank you MerryCat, that's it exactly.
But isn't this exactly like handicapped parking spots at stores? I have back and knee problems that are exacerbated by a long day at work- after an 8 hour shift, I really and truly can't walk more than 10-15 feet without wanting to cry- but I can't park in the first 5 spots of any row at Wal-Mart because they're for people with placards.
What some of us are saying is that, in addition to the first few handicapped spots, sometimes you'll see the next couple of spots dedicated to pregnant women/parents with young children. If those spots were available for everyone then you could use them too, as could an elderly person, ill person, etc. Not that you can't
use them now but you risk being glared at.
It's not that we begrudge a pregnant lady getting a good spot, it's that we don't feel it's right that pregnant/parents get dedicated spots because, like you said, many people have valid reasons for needing a close spot, too. Why should being pregnant trump having an injury, illness, arthritis, vertigo (been there!), etc?