It’s About Time People Stopped Incorrectly Parking in Baby Spaces

I don’t usually write posts where I complain all that much. But this is going to be one of those posts, even if it is something that has probably been covered by others many times before.

Yesterday me and Rachel popped to a local Asda, and, with it being a Friday, it was rather busy. We drove around the car park and eventually saw someone leaving a parent and baby space. We drove around and the car in front, with no baby, pulled in instead.

Now, me and Rachel are both pretty socially awkward, me more so than her, and usually we would leave this and move on, but she was tired of seeing the same thing over and over. So my wife rolled the window down and complained to the person who quickly said that they didn’t realise it was a parenting space, which could probably translate to “we didn’t think anyone would notice.”

We then circled the car park, as we didn’t want to block everyone, and by the time we arrived back, a van was there instead.

We then found a space somewhere else that was rather tight, and Rachel then had to reverse back into the road for me to get Isabelle out before parking properly. Hardly a safe option in comparison.

So that was it. We thought fine, no one is going to stop doing this unless we actually complain. So we did. We went to customer services and said about the van, to which we were met with the tepid response of “it’s unfortunate, and annoying, but there’s nothing we can really do about it.”

Of course, we could’ve asked to speak with someone else, but neither of us are the types to go “I want to speak with a manager,” so we simply opted to leave it and just email Asda when we got home.

Asda even have a £70 fine sign by the parent and baby space for those who use the spaces incorrectly, but this was something that we saw later and by this point didn’t really want to go back in and be ‘those parents’ who kept complaining.

I’ll be honest. I don’t usually complain about this sort of stuff. I don’t actually complain that much in general, I don’t usually care enough, and there’s a small part of me that doesn’t with this. I also don’t want to be that parent going “oh, I want my own spaces!” but you do need them, and even more so when it’s busy and you can’t just park where it’s quiet. I don’t care where they are. I would actually prefer them not be so close, that way people wouldn’t actually use them as much.

I just want to not have to struggle to get the baby out without hitting the car next to me and be able to do so safely. Sadly, I don’t think this is really going to change all that much unless people start to complain.

I know it’s annoying when the car park is full and there are parent and baby spaces there, but that still doesn’t mean you should use them.

I guess all I’m doing here is just writing this in the hopes that more people will actually complain about those who are incorrectly parked. People don’t do it with disabled spaces, or at least it’s less accepted, so they shouldn’t do it with these. And if no one cares, then that’s fine, at least I’ve had my little rant.

How do you feel about this? Have you ever complained to yourself but never done anything about it like we have normally done? Or are we just being a little bit touchy and want to get over ourselves a little?

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I’m a 26 year old married father of one. I started blogging after suffering postnatal depression when Isabelle was born. These days I talk about much more than just that.

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2 Comments

  1. 24th February 2018 / 9:37 am

    I hate this! We have a small sainsburies round the corner and can never use the P&T spaces….always full of white vans. I just use the disabled spaces, does that make me just as bad?

    • Ross Hunt
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      24th February 2018 / 10:32 am

      I’m not sure what the rules are on that. I think disabled people can use the P&T ones so really it should work both ways.

      I wouldn’t say it makes you bad, makes you someone who needs a space with more room but can’t get the one you should be getting 😂

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