My wife is disabled, not her fault, something happened, and here we are. She has a disabled badge, and can therefore park in disabled bays in car parks. We need this so we can open the door wide enough for her to get out, and so she doesn't have to walk too far as it is painful.
We parked in a multi story which had lots of disabled spaces on the first floor still available. An old boy and his wife were loading there car with loads of shopping, and he called over to me and said "you do realise these are disabled bays, for disabled people only?". I asked him what his problem was, and he apologised, just thought he would mention it as many people do not realise they are disabled bays. FFS man, if you can't see a big yellow wheelchair on the tarmac in front of you, you should be banned from driving!
Anyway, all around us there were cars parked in disable bays with notes in the window, rather than a blue badge.
"Mother and baby, all spaces gone so am parking here as I cannot get my child out of the car"
"Just be 30 mins"
And those with no note at all, just decided it would be ok to park there, so that then means my wife has to walk further in pain.
Anyway, I cannot tell you how many arguments I have had with people because I drive an A4 convertible ( my wife drives a much more sensible car) and they see me parking in a disabled space and either shout at me or make comments as they pass. They want to see my wife fall out of the car and drag herself across the car park to the store to be satisfied that we can park there.
I never park in disabled bays without my wife, nor did I before my wife became disabled, but it amazes me how many people do. And worse is the people abusing us for parking there, like my wife needs to hear that sh1t from people, she is struggling as it is.