There is never enough disability parking at Very Big Workplace. Today was my first day to use the van lift by myself. The scooter shifted on the way there (I've learned I'm actually better at positioning it than hubby and should have), and I wanted to park close in case of mechanical failure or in case I had to walk (very high pain level right now).
Today there was no disability parking in any of three lots. I could have parked in one of two lots over, one of which has no accessible sidewalk (stairs down) and requires driving the scooter behind many parked SUVs and through bumpy terrain. Conversely, for those of you who are abled, you can't see scooters and wheelchairs when they're moving behind your vehicle. The other parking lot also has no accessible sidewalk and requires using ADA-unpassable paving. Either lot would have made me have to walk very far in case of mechanical failure.
The usual lot I use was repaved/redone this summer, but no new disability parking despite the fact that everyone knows there is inadequate disabled parking. Every other place in that parking lot was full, too. Except a Vice President's reserved space. So I parked there. There was a warning sign about tickets, but I didn't get one. I left a note on the dashboard. The space was very near the disabled parking, where I could see who was getting in cars so I (theoretically) wouldn't get run over while using the lift.
When I left, there were plenty of disability places. Another VP got in his tiny expensive car and almost mowed me down in his impatience (I was positioning myself to get the scooter on the lift). When I saw him, I apologized for parking there and said there was no disability parking in the morning, said I'd wait to load my scooter so he could leave, but he ignored me and proceeded before my friend, already loading something in the side of my van, could step aside, while I was behind part of his bumper. He got into his car quickly, but we didn't expect him to back up before Good Friend could finish her task. As far as I know, the penalty for illegal parking should be a ticket or towing, not a death sentence. We were moving aside for him as quickly as possible.
I consider my action to be an act of civil disobedience for changes that officials know they need to make. When the issue affects them, they may be inspired to make a change. Perhaps I have too much a sense of entitlement, but trying to maneuver in parking lots where I can't see drivers (you can't see if someone is in a vehicle when you're waist high) is dangerous. And I'm not the only one who can't get a disability spot and have to walk too far or ride over inaccessible terrain. There's nothing wrong with the administrators' walking ability, and if there is, they can always use a ubiquitous blue tag. Provided there's a parking place.
It's not generally a good idea, by the way, to try to run people down when your name is on your parking place.