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  #21  
June 10th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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I doubt that they are enforcing it legally with a fine and points on your license in the same manner that they enforce the handicap parking spots. Handicap parking is an ADA requirement where there is no such rule for pregnancy spots. Also, there is no way to validate pregnancy in the early stages for such enforcement. It would be just opening themselves up for tons of issues.
I agree with this. I'm in Ontario too like Kimberly and I've NEVER heard about them handing out fines. Seems ridiculous to me and a complete waste of money.
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June 10th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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There are some at our mall, but that's it. It says for expectant mothers and families with small kids. I've parked there once. It was the middle of winter and I was about 5 months, and I had my 2 year old. It was nice to park there since it was slick in the parking lot, and I almost fell a few weeks prior to that. Usually though they are taken when we go to the mall.
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June 10th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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Our grocery store has them, they are right next to the handicapped parking. I did use it when I was pregnant and having a hard time walking and also when the baby was NB and the weather sucked because they are right outside the door.

However- they have also given me a very very bad opinion on young men (18-25ish) who I have seen 90% of the time park there. Or the lady who if she was pregnant wasn't making herself look good puffing away on a cigarette while loading her stuff (she in no way looked like she was pregnant and had no children with her, and at the time I was 9 months and had to walk through her cloud). I really wish there was a way to enforce it, but no way to prove a woman is pregnant or not. Guys unless they are with a baby, pregnant woman or disabled (not socially) have no excuse.
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June 10th, 2010, 10:33 AM
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They have them everywhere and say "for expectant mothers and families with small children" but I always assumed it was partly because the spots were a little bigger. There is nothing worse than trying to get my kids into their carseats with 5 inches of space (especially when my DS was in an infant carrier) because a big vehicle decided to squeeze into the space next to me.
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June 10th, 2010, 10:47 AM
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I used them all the time when I was pregnant. BJS Wholesale Club here even has a Family with Infant spot. I see people park there ALL the time with older kids ---- I really don't get it?

NOT to bring up the shopping cart debate again but I usually park next to the cart return so I have easy access to a cart and don't have to go far to return it w/ the baby.
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June 10th, 2010, 11:23 AM
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NOT to bring up the shopping cart debate again but I usually park next to the cart return so I have easy access to a cart and don't have to go far to return it w/ the baby.
Yes, the spot beside the cart return is way better than the ones closer to the store. I park as close to the cart return as possible.
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NOT to bring up the shopping cart debate again but I usually park next to the cart return so I have easy access to a cart and don't have to go far to return it w/ the baby.
Did someone say "shopping cart"?
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I have used the expactant mom parking spots when I was pregnant. It really makes shopping easier. It does irk me when I see single men parking in those spaces. I think it's just rude.
Now Melinda. Single men are expectant too! Perhaps they're expecting a cute girl with a big booty to walk past them or something. But they have expectations too! Just kidding!
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June 10th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Our mall has the "pregnant women and small children" spots. I think small child is defined by a child under 3. We do use them if we have the kids or if I'm pregnant. They are not enforced in any way. I think it's courteous to only use them if you meet the definition, especially when it's freezing cold and slippery out, it's nice for pg women and those who have to carry small children not to have to hike so far. I think they are a nice idea. It really wouldn't be worth anyone's time to try to enforce them. Sure it's obvious when it's a single guy, no carseats in sight. But are you really going to grill a woman without kids and not showing yet about whether she is or is not pg or argue about what the definition of "small children" is or demand birth certificates to enforce an age?
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June 10th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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I've seen them maybe a handful of times, not at any place I frequently visit though. Even if the placees I go to frequently had them, I wouldn't use them. I'm the one who parks WAY at the back of the lot-away from other cars, cart corrals, etc. It makes getting the kids in and out of the car easier.
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June 10th, 2010, 12:42 PM
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We have them here, and lately.. I've been using them. My feet and ankles hurt like heck right now, and it's so bloody hot here in the summer. I normally only use them at the Commissary/PX because there the parking is absolutely horrendous. The parking lot is also on a hill, and I don't want to huff and puff back up that hill after getting my shopping done. They also have them at the naval hospital, right outside the breezeway that connects the hospital to the parking garage. I use those too, cuz.. again, parking SUCKS and otherwise I'll have to walk all over creation to get to my appointment. No thank you!
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June 10th, 2010, 12:57 PM
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Babies R Us has them. It wasn't until after my pregnancy that I noticed them. I did see signs, but assumed that they were for people with babies. That's okay though. Apparantly my butt was jealous of my expanding preggo belly and wanted to get bigger too. I needed to do some extra walking because, like I told a friend, I didn't know my arse was pregnant too.
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June 10th, 2010, 02:01 PM
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I used them all the time when I was pregnant. BJS Wholesale Club here even has a Family with Infant spot. I see people park there ALL the time with older kids ---- I really don't get it?

NOT to bring up the shopping cart debate again but I usually park next to the cart return so I have easy access to a cart and don't have to go far to return it w/ the baby.
BJs is the only place around here that I've seen them other than at Babies R Us (and they only have expectant mothers ones). The best thing is that those spaces are right next to the cart return. So when I've got my toddler and my baby with me I grab a cart, get the kids out of the car, pop them into the cart, do my shopping, go back to the car, put kids in, put groceries in, return cart. Super easy!

It annoys me when I see people with no kids parking there or people with teenagers. It can be hard to maneuver a very busy parking lot with 2 small ones and a diaper bag so I try to make the distance between the car and the store as short as possible.
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We must have a high percentage of women pregnant at all times in Georgia or we're just a mom-friendly state because I've seen these spots in plenty of store parking lots. A few stores I have seen them in are: Macys, BestBuy, Kroger, Babys R' Us, Toys R' Us, and a few more I cannot remember. Oh yeah, and Publix. I've also seen them at a few restaurants around here.
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June 10th, 2010, 03:38 PM
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Unfortunately there are not many places around here that have those parking places.The mall has very few parking spaces for expectant mothers.

On the rare occasion I went to the mall after my feet started swelling I would try to find one of these spaces but usually had no luck.Once or twice I did actually get to use one.
I think they are nice and that there should be more places offering these parking spaces.

Our WalMart has probably 20 handicapped parking places but none for expectant mothers......
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Only places I have seen them at are Babies R Us and some grocery stores.



I never use them unless I was very pregnant and there were no other normal spot around..then the logical thing to do was to use it
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June 10th, 2010, 10:55 PM
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NOT to bring up the shopping cart debate again but I usually park next to the cart return so I have easy access to a cart and don't have to go far to return it w/ the baby.

Totally!! I park as close to the cart return as I can. Some stores around here don't have parking lot cart returns at all, and you have to return to the front of the store to return the cart. If it's a grocery store and I have my girls with me.. I just park the cart on a median in the parking lot and make sure it's not going to roll away.. but that's it. I'm not going to walk 50 feet to the front of the store to return the cart and leave my girls in the car alone, or carry both of them back with me to the car because I know my clumbsy self would drop one.

Ok. Done.
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June 11th, 2010, 04:43 PM
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The spots here are wider, like handicap spots. Makes for loading kids in and out easier. If you do not have a child with you when you get in or out of the vehicle, you can get a ticket ($10 for first offense). They are enforced, just not as often as handicap spots.

Best thing ever... noticed one of our stores has ELDERLY PARKING signs. Means the elderly no longer warrant handicap because of their age. If they dont walk with an aid they do not get to use the handicap spots.
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