I just read an article about cities no longer offering free parking to cars with Handicap Tags. Portland, Oregon recently ended the policy of free parking to the handicapped and they note a decrease of 70% in parked cars with handicap tags.
City officials point to this 70 percent decrease as proof that many people were scamming the system with fake tags. Advocates for the handicap counter that the drop is because the handicap have other expenses related to their disability and they are unable to pay for parking.
I empathise with the handicap drivers, they have enough difficulties; free parking was a nice perk. My thought is, however, don’t blame city officials, blame the greedy scam artists that will fake a disability simply to obtain free parking. There always seems to be scumbags that will take advantage of the system for their own personal gain to the ultimate loss for deserving people.
What interested me in this story related to my recent trip to Disney World.
Disney has long had a policy of allowing people in wheelchairs to go to the head of the line for their attractions. Some lines in Disney can have 90 minute or more wait times. Moving to the head of the line was a nice gesture for the handicapped.
I remember a friend who broke his leg just before he went on a Disney World vacation. Instead of his trip being ruined he at least “Got to move to the front of every line.” It was a nice gesture by Disney, and after all, there weren’t that many people touring the park in a wheelchair.
Then the electric “Little Rascal” scooter was invented. It irked me no end on my trips to Disney to see these “scooter people” move to the front of the line simply because (no offense but) most of them were too damn fat to walk. In my opinion they should be walking to maybe lose a bit of that fried food scarfing, soda swilling, Lazy-boy loafing fat from their huge bodies.
Well Disney changed their rules this year, and scooter people do not get to go to the head of the line. Surprise, surprise, I noted a similar 70% decrease in scooter people at Disney. Way to go you lazy-ass fat scooter people, you managed to deprive genuinely deserving people, especially handicapped children from some small benefit to their unfortunate situation.
Who are these people that have so little compassion for the handicapped that they will scam a system until a benefit has to be discontinued? Are these people who will fake a disability just to get free parking or to move to the head of the line the same people who will fake unemployment, work off the books, fake disabilities, and try any number of scams to go on the Government dole? If 70% of handicapped parkers or Disney scooter people are fake, are 70% of people accepting welfare of any kind also fake?
Are these scammers going to bankrupt the system and deprive needy, deserving people a little dignity and a needed hand up?
I know they think they are being smart.
I don’t know how they live with themselves.
Conor McCadden, a fine young man; a gifted young man, forever a teammate of my son.http://highschoolsports.nj.com/news/article/2655622762626728542/metuchen-coach-guy-jensen-conor-mccadden-created-a-bond-that-will-never-be-broken/