Letters to the Editor

Think before you park

I realize that parking spots can be difficult to find, but I am still amazed at the rudeness of some drivers.

My daughter has JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), a debilitating and painful chronic disease. She has a disabled parking permit because it is painful and difficult for her to walk.

We were out one day and had a very difficult time locating an open disabled parking space. We found several times that the car or motorcycle parked in the disabled parking space did not have a disabled permit.

When you make the choice to park there, you take away another person’s ability to get their shopping or other errands done as planned.

There are many days when she finds it difficult to walk a short distance. I encourage her to get out and promise we won’t stay long, but when there are no close spaces, it is way too much to walk from far out in the parking lot to the store and then again around the store.

Please think before you park in a disabled parking spot if you do not have a permit. There is a $250 fine for parking without a permit. But even more so, think of the person you are preventing from accomplishing their tasks of the day because you were too inconsiderate to leave the spot open.

Kristine McKell

Federal Way

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