Wednesday, April 04, 2007
You didn't? Oh! Yes I DID!!!
I took this picture today at our local Walmart! Oh Yes baby I did!
Why? you ask, "Cause I can!" (and because there were lots of parking spots next to this one. lol)
My heart was beating a mile a minute! What a celebrated moment! and really who do you think would have challenged me in a duel, I AM an expectant mother, I am 9 1/2 months pregnant! Well, perhaps if a lady who was waddling her 8 month old belly over to my car I might have moved but, no one stopped me! I just wanted to do it once to see how it felt to have the privilage. It was so incredibly liberating!!!! Live a little, I challange you to try it at least once come on I DARE YA!
The free market is a wonderful thing. Buisnesses provide special parking for handicapped, seniors, pregnant women, ministers, policemen or mothers with small children. One possible parking option might be paying a fee to park close to a store. This fee is something that someone in a hurry might gladly pay.
The options are endless, but only if parking, and all seemingly mundane activities, are left to the free market instead of the government.
Handicapped parking, like flag burning, free speech, and discrimination, is a private property issue.
Let's analyze two current practices.
First, the federal and provincial governments pass handicapped parking laws, and the local agencies enforce them by proxy. No matter how private you believe your property is — a small law firm, a hair studio, a picture frame shop — some of your property, the most desirable part of your property, must be reserved by order of the government.
Second, on the question of whether private business will reserve spots: many local grocery stories reserve their prime parking real estate for expectant mothers, complete with charming signs decorated in blue and pink. There is nothing official about it. Nor is it enforced. You don't get a ticket if you park there. No one will arrest you if they are not used for the right purposes. So I would only have felt bad if there were no other parking spots close to me.
So there we have it: two signs, two enforcement agencies, two effects, one voluntary and one coercive. Which is the better model for society?
EDIT:I do respect these parking spaces 100% so please do not assume that I don't. If there were more cars in the parking lot that day I would have NEVER dreamed of doing this. All truth be told my consience wouldn't allow me to stay there so I moved before I entered the store.