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21 February 2016 @ 05:55 pm
Monster Truck, You Done F*cked Up!  
Posted this to my disability blog, but it ended up being like a whole actual post, not just my usual paragraphs I post over there, and as it is about my life and this is my life-journal, I figured I'd post it here too. On the upside, I really did get a great discount on the frames I was shopping for, so I still call it a win!

So, yesterday I actually put on pants and went out to the art store, Michael’s, to buy some frames for some art I got. While I was in the passenger seat, in the parking lot, waiting for my sister to get done fussing about and get my wheelchair out, I heard the unmistakeable sound of a Truck - with a capital T - pull up next to us. The noise caused me to look up. It was a big truck, but not nearly big enough to require the ridiculously large monster truck-esque wheels they had put on it. I had no choice but to roll my eyes. I was about to look away when I noticed they were half in the wheelchair loading zone, on the slanted blue lines that mean “Don’t park here!”


I watched them get out. The driver was a woman in her 50s, maybe 60s, who didn’t seem to be disabled in any way, but I know looks can be deceiving and not to judge and invisible illnesses are all too real. The second passenger I didn’t see much of, except for the walking away, also seemingly not disabled. Again, I was not going to judge by what I could see - invisible means invisible, after all. But I did notice there was no handicap parking permit hanging on their rearview mirror. Now normally I would just assume it was on their license plate and go on, but I was still rolling my eyes over the monster truck wheels and now was pissed they had parked half in the wheelchair loading zone when they - disabled as they may yet be - didn’t have a wheelchair to unload.

So when my sister came around to my side to help me, I asked her if that spot next to us was indeed handicap. She looked and said it was. Then she too noticed they were half in the loading zone. I said that they must have a handicap license plate then, but could she check for me, since I was, as I said, still rolling my eyes. She checked. They had no handicap parking permit. They were half in the wheelchair loading zone. And, to be frank, I didn’t like their stupid wheels. Idk why, I have a thing about people turning their regular trucks into monster trucks, I know this about myself.

But now my sister was pissed. She took a picture of their license plate and we went into the store. We go to the first employee we see and report to them that someone is in the handicap spot with no permit and is parked half in the loading zone. We tell them we have the license plate number. The employee says, “Oh, uh, okay, uh, go see our manager over there.” We go to the manager, but she is working a register and we have to wait in line behind two other people before we get to her. We tell her the same thing and she - decidedly uninterested and unconcerned - takes the license plate number from us. I describe the truck to her and emphasize how we were trying to use the wheelchair loading zone for my wheelchair. She still seems uninterested, but says she can call the township cops. We go on to do our shopping.

My sister says she doesn’t think they are actually going to call anyone or do anything. I agree and ask if we want to call the cops ourself. Sis says no, but that she is planning on writing a strongly worded email to their management center about how they didn’t seem to care, moved us along, and very clearly don’t have a policy in place for what to do if something like this is reported to them. Which they should. Every store should.

Once we went to the movie theater and all of the handicap spots were in use, in the middle of a very freezing winter day, so that we had to go across the entire parking lot in the bitter wind and chunks of slush and ice. As we went past the handicap spots, we looked at every rearview mirror and license plate and more than half of them did not have permits - probably daring the ticket because they didn’t want to navigate the icy lot any more than we did, but I was doing it in a wheelchair! When we got into the theater, we told the kid selling the tickets. He immediately waved his shift manager over and told him what was up. The shift manager apologized, gave me my ticket for free, and was on the phone with the police reporting it before we’d even gotten in line for our popcorn. They had a policy in place. They did it right. Today, at Michael’s, they did not.

I kept my eyes peeled in the store for the woman I had seen driving the truck. I planned - if we saw her - to start talking very loudly about how I hoped the cops had come to ticket that big truck for parking in a handicap spot like that. It would have been cathartic for me to watch her drop her items and scurry out of the store to move her truck. But I didn’t see her and when we came out, the truck was gone.

I got the items I needed for cheap and on sale, which was great, but I still think that today Michael’s did not get a passing grade.
 
 
 
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on February 21st, 2016 11:57 pm (UTC)
No, Michael's did not get a passing grade. Nor did that bitch with her stupid ass big wheels!

*hugs* Glad you got your frames!

And no, I don't recommend going to another hobby-type store, because Hobby Lobby is run by hypocrites in everything! I can't think of another equivalent, either. Frames can be expensive! Sometimes I buy very shitty art in a frame I like and just take (rip, cut, tear and otherwise destroy) it out. It's often cheaper, but the downside is it takes searching time.

Edited at 2016-02-21 11:58 pm (UTC)
dodger_sister: annoyeddodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
No, Michael's did not get a passing grade. Nor did that bitch with her stupid ass big wheels!

You know, I think the reason I don't like the monster truck wheels is because it is just a symbol of the asshole-ish-ness of their owners. I have never met a person who puts monster truck wheels on their regular old truck that wasn't an entitled asshole.

*hugs* Glad you got your frames!

I got good deals, like a 16x20 and a 10x12 for $40 total, great deal!

And no, I don't recommend going to another hobby-type store, because Hobby Lobby is run by hypocrites in everything!

No, Hobby Lobby is a bunch of bigoted conservative assholes. Fuck those guys! Even if we had a HL in this town, I wouldn't shop there! Michaels isn't great but the only other option here (without driving 40 mins) is the downtown art shop, which is mega expensive. I support small businesses when I can afford it, but Michaels is by far the easier (they have everything I need in one stop) and cheaper option. But they need a fucking policy in place for parking lot complaints!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on March 4th, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
Yay frames for cheap!

Still BOOO MICHAEL'S!
Shireboundshirebound on February 22nd, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
she is planning on writing a strongly worded email to their management center about how they didn’t seem to care, moved us along, and very clearly don’t have a policy in place for what to do if something like this is reported to them.

Perfect. And you inspire me to be more alert to this transgression, as well.
dodger_sister: annoyeddodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 10:41 pm (UTC)
Perfect. And you inspire me to be more alert to this transgression, as well.

Good!! It tends to fall on the disabled to report such parking violations, when everyone should be on the lookout for this type of thing, for the sake of their disabled brothers and sisters! And dismissive management is not management at all. Every store should have a policy and by the time I get done with it, at least hopefully every store in my hometown will! ;)
Jo Ann: Cats: Blk cat HISS!yeuxdebleu on February 22nd, 2016 06:22 am (UTC)
People around here ignore the handicapped parking signs, too.

I second what vikingprincess said about Hobby Lobby. That chain is run by really horrible, intolerant people and heaven help you if you need to return something.
dodger_sister: annoyeddodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC)
People around here ignore the handicapped parking signs, too.

They do everywhere. People are the same wherever you go - some good, some bad, some ignorant. We can't do much about the people who flat out don't care, but if all of the good report on people without parking permits, hopefully we can educate the ignorant or make them think twice. That'll cut down on a huge number of people taking my parking spaces! ;)

Hell, if it's nasty weather out, I often insist we park in a non-handicap space since I am being pushed in my chair and there are people trying to walk with canes & walkers that need the closer spots to the door. But no, this monster truck dillhole just does whatever she wants! (dillhole seemed like the right word!)

The real thing that gets me is that people won't do anything when you report a violation like someone not having a handicap permit, but yet others go around all the time leaving nasty notes on the cars of the invisibly disabled. Like, they aren't using a cane or a wheelchair and they look fine, but they actually have a severe invisible illness and people see them get out of the car and think, "They're not handicap!" and then leave notes like, "How dare you! Faker! Real disabled need this spot, you should be ashamed, God sees you!" If they have a parking permit, leave them alone! If they don't, do something about it! /shakes head/ Demons I get, people are just crazy.

I second what vikingprincess said about Hobby Lobby. That chain is run by really horrible, intolerant people and heaven help you if you need to return something.

Oh, I would NEVER shop there! Bigots of the worst kind. To their customers and their employees. We don't have HL in my town but I would never shop there anyways, for sure.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on February 22nd, 2016 08:07 am (UTC)
I'm more surprised that the theater you went to responded so efficiently and proactively than I am that Michael's blew it off.

I hope your sister follows up on writing to their headquarters, though.

What kind of art did you get that you needed frames for?
dodger_sister: annoyeddodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm more surprised that the theater you went to responded so efficiently and proactively than I am that Michael's blew it off.

Yeah, sadly, me too. But that shouldn't be the case. People taking that one extra step of courtesy to make the disabled's lives more accessible and easier shouldn't be a shock, it should be the norm. But it isn't. I always give that theater props because it amazed me so, but then it makes me sad that their actions were the exception to the norm, when it shouldn't be like that. I can't do much to change the world, but I'm gonna keep working on the stores I shop at here until they all have better accessibility and policies in place for me and my fellow spoonies! (or I'm just gonna keep writing emails and they will get ignored, like the 4 emails to my doctor's office - a DOCTOR'S office for crying out loud - to get a damn handicap door button!

What kind of art did you get that you needed frames for?

Oh, it's so cool, okay. So for Christmas, The BFF got me prints of fanart of Storm from the XMen (my goddess) one for each season. So winter she is dressed in white and surrounded by ice and snow and then fall in autumn colors and the leaves are blowing around her, summer, spring, and I got a long four sectioned frame so they are side by side, so cool. And then while we were in Chicago the teen daughter of a friend of mine house/pet-sat for us and she is an artist, so while she was here she did a page that had sketches of all four of our cats on it and they are so good, so I got that framed too and it's going up in our living room! She also took a bunch of pics of our dog and said she ran out of time but she will do one of Winston and send it to us as well. :)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on March 4th, 2016 08:57 am (UTC)
I think you should post a picture of the kitty sketches.
dodger_sister: annoyeddodger_sister on May 2nd, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
I think you should post a picture of the kitty sketches.

I was going to, but then I was like, "Naw, you can't post pics of somebody's else art, that's weird." Idk, but this reminds me, I want to take pictures of the piece and send them to her and encourage her to post them to her tumblr, so maybe if she does that I'll post the link here. Though, idk, it's just my LJ, there's only like 20 of you who still read this and it would be cool to post the individual sketches side by side with a pictures of the actual cats, so you all can see how good she did capturing them.

Yeah, maybe I will.
Denidenig37 on February 24th, 2016 07:23 am (UTC)
dodger_sister: annoyeddodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC)
OMG yes, that video! I blogged about that on my disability blog! Isn't it amazing?! Can you imagine pulling into a spot knowing you don't have a parking permit only to be confronted by the hologram of an actual disabled person calling your ass out for it? I guarantee those people who were part of that and got called out by that 'man' will NEVER use a handicap spot again!

Here we have a catchy slogan for buckling your seatbelt - Click It or Ticket! Because if you don't wear your seatbelt (click the buckle into place), you get a ticket. And I want a catchy slogan for public service announcements for having a disabled sticker. I just have to think of one.