Have you ever seen someone without a handicapped placard parked in a handicapped spot? It’s maddening and grossly inconsiderate. It goes without saying that many of us would not do it. How about people parked carelessly over the white grid lines? Have you ever considered that rude? One woman says it is and she wants others to be more cognizant of how they’re parking.
A freak swimming pool accident at her bachelorette party left Rachelle Chapman paralyzed and wheelchair bound. Since her paralysis, Chapman has been an inspiration to many and has been a strong and outspoken advocate for the handicapped community.
Recently, Chapman shined a light on careless parking. Specifically people who haphazardly park outside of the parking lines and onto the white grid.
You guys, I seriously can’t deal with this anymore. What people don’t realize, is that those lines are for a ramp and/or for wheelchair users to transfer. Because of the way this person parked, I cannot get back into my car independently and it keeps me from wanting to branch out and drive on my own. What if I’m by myself and this happens? Now, the person parked in that spot is handicapped and most of the problems I encounter are people who legally have a handicap tag. For whatever reason, they are unaware of why these lines are there and they use it as an excuse to park badly. There are many people who have disabilities that don’t involve wheelchairs and I guess this is something they just have never thought about. Please, PLEASE Park within the lines. If you need the space on the passenger side, then back in. If you are driving a car and you have a choice between a van accessible spot and a regular accessible spot, please don’t use the van spot. Could all of you please share this? And I know this is an unlikable post but like it anyways so more people see it. I seriously need to let the world know so that this stops happening and people in wheelchairs can have as much accessibility as possible. BraunAbility Van Products, Inc.
Since sharing this PSA, Chapman’s post has gone viral. The post has been share more than 900,000 times and has 40,000 likes.
Chapman is encouraging others to, “Could all of you please share this? And I know this is an unlikable post but like it anyways so more people see it. I seriously need to let the world know so that this stops happening and people in wheelchairs can have as much accessibility as possible.”