I agree with the disabled system. I will never park in a disabled place and dispise anyone who does that isnt disabled.
The parent and child system is a con to get more families to shop at the likes of Asda and Tesco... as Waddi, who uses the system himself having kids, has in the past pointed out, if the system was to make things safer and and easier for parents with kids, the spaces wouldnt be placed in the busiest part of car parks (ie. the front), they would be placed further away from the supermarkets where the is both less danger to the children, and less resentment amongst other drivers.
As both Sean and Ben can testify, me and Stacey used a "normal" parking space the other day in Tesco, a bit further away, with a 1yr old Baby
in the car, and we had absolutely no problems in using it. There wasnt any need for more space, and all the parent and child spaces were used. In actual fact, to be honest, I wouldnt have wanted to get him out in the busier part of the car park where the general dogfight for spaces takes place.
As I say, I sort of support the parent and child scheme... but as to why a parent, who bear in mind has had thier child/children through choice (a disabled person doesnt have such choice), and knows they must be prepared to make sacrifices beforehand, should have preference over everyone else, is wrong. It is simply because the likes of Tesco know that they will spend more money then a shopper with no children, so they do whatever they can to attract them into the store.
Place the spaces in a more suitable place, and I will support it fully. Tesco dont do anything for anything other then profit, so anyone who thinks its done to help customers is badly mistaken; this multi-billion pound company hasnt even been arsed to fix the water pump in the petrol station in Bidston for over a month now, and the air pump has now been off for over a week; yeah, every little helps... Tesco! They wont spend the money till there is a certain level of complaints, cos holding out on paying for things like that (which make thier customers life much easier) make them interest, which in turn makes them profits. Funny how the shell down the road never has any problems keeping their air compressor maintained...
This wont bother me too much anyway, as I dont shop at Asda, and its not often I shop at "sociable" times. Even at night, I refuse to park in a disabled space. I dont care either way about a parent and child space, if its there to be take, it is. There is plenty of the "required" space a bit further down the car park, in bay 2 and the overflow (both of which are more suitable as they have far less traffic using them) that parents can use, but refuse to, instead they refuse to walk the distance... its the disabled that are disabled, not parents with kids.
And another thing I dont agree with is the governments stupid rules over parents not being allowed to get disabled badges when they have disabled children; in my view, anyone who is registered as disabled should be eligable for a disabled badge, and if under 18, the legal guardian should be automatically eligable for the badge.