Knittterly, what's with the caps? We get it and you've been here long enough to know that if you must emphasize use italics. Please stop yelling at us.
I am extremely embarrassed that my post was perceived as yelling. I intended nothing of the sort. I was trying to emphasize the question of knowing vs assuming.
I have edited my post to remove the capital letters and replace them with a more appropriate emphasis.
OP never said "do you have the right to park here." , I would take much less issue with " Mam , if you aren't aware this is a handicapped space. Maybe you forgot to put up your placard....if you don't have the right to use this space....."
I could be mistaken but I think not properly displaying a hang tag is not the same as not having the right to use disabled parking.
This is what I was trying to say. shhh its me said it more concisely than I did.
I do apologize very sincerely for my inappropriate capital lettering. However, I do stand by what I said.
The original poster said:
I said, "Excuse me, Ma'am. You're parked in a handicapped space."
She said, "So?"
I said, "There are a lot of handicapped people who come to this store. They might need them."
She therefore made an assumption that since the driver did not have a placard in place (either yet or at all), she was therefore not entitled to use the space. In this case, it was a correct assumption. I was trying to communicate, though, that it was an assumption nevertheless. It may just well have been an incorrect assumption.
The fact is, one cannot possibly know
that another person absolutely is or absolutely is not disabled unless one is quite close to the other person. There are so many situations where a stranger on the street cannot possibly know. And therefore, it is always best to err on the side of caution and politeness and not go confronting people based on our own assumptions - which may just as easily be wrong as they may be right.
Since there is a phone number one may call, it seems to me to be the more polite route to allow the right people to sort out whether someone is using a spot rightly or wrongly. Complain to the store, complain to the police... but it seems wrong to me to confront a complete stranger before you are 100% sure of the situation.
I cannot help but think of this thread
, which shows the other side of the coin.