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Default Adventures in van parking, part 2

Perhaps this is a tale of poetic justice. You can decide.

So as a followup to a previous thread ....
http://www.alsforums.com/forum/rants...-new-post.html

Today Im out for a haircut, still able to drive the van myself and transfer into the pwc, enjoying that last bit of independence. I find the perfect van accessible spot in a parking lot about a block away. The spot has the usual hatch marks to the right to allow space to deploy the ramp. The spot was also on the end of the row, with no other parking spot on the other side of the hatch marks.

I return after the haircut to find a Prius illegally parked in the hatch marks right next to my van, leaving me no room to access the ramp. Im trapped!

After a moment of panic, I call the local police. They will send someone right over. Meanwhile, another van sees my plight and pulls into the parking lot. Its my buddy Mike who uses a pwc for another motor neuron disease, with his wife Susan driving their van. They deliberately block in the Prius and wait with me until the policeman arrives.

After the police arrives and slaps the Prius with a ticket and $400 fine, Susan is able to pull my van out enough so I could use the ramp to get in and drive off. I really lucked out that they showed up when they did!

Funny thing is, Ive seen that Prius around town parked in van only spots. Maybe now shell learn? Anyway, makes for a good story.
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Default Re: Adventures in van parking, part 2

I feel your pain. It is one thing to find he van accessible spot you need occupied by a non-handicap vehicle.

It is an entirely different thing to park, go wherever, and then come back to find a non-handicap vehicle blocking access to your van's ramp.

I have sure had it happen. I keep the police non-emergency number ready to go in my phone. They appreciate the phone call. I think they really do care, but also like the revenue.

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Wow....but what luck to have your friend pull up right when you needed help.
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Definitely justice! Sorry you had to go through that but so happy you got them. Kate
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