02-01-2012 08:50 AM
You guys keep coming back and making light of the situation, but it really is discrimination.
But who cares? It's just a parking spot, right? There are plenty more.
Just like there were plenty more seats on the back of the bus when Rosa Parks wanted to ride. Heck, those seats in the back were probably more comfortable anyway, since people getting on and off the bus won't bump into you. Similar to parking in the back of the lot, and walking, so you don't get your doors dinged by people parking next to you.
The guy who mentioned loss of freedoms, gun grabbers and (sic) Obama is actually close to right.
What you permit, you promote.
02-01-2012 04:27 PM
02-02-2012 11:07 AM
Okay, next time I apply for a job and don't get it because I don't have the skills, I'm going to start yelling that it's discrimination. They are discriminating against my skill set, or lack thereof.
Heck, if you are going to make the ridiculous comparison to civil rights, I think my analogy works, as well.
02-02-2012 11:23 AM
Well, no. That's NOT the same thing.
Discrimination is when you judge someone for reasons other than a justifiable reason.
If you're applying for a job, your skills, ability, personality, etc. are all relevant. That's not discrimination. If someone is more qualified for the position because of their skillset and they get the job, that's legit. Discrimination comes when your reason for not getting the job is unrelated to the job. I.e. whether you're a man or woman, black, white, hispanic, or Asian, etc.
If you're handicapped, you should be allowed to park in the front row. I have no problem with that. I don't have a problem with restaurants who reserve a few spots for short-term parking for take-out customers. That just makes sense.
But just because you can or do drive a fuel efficient vehicle, doesn't mean you should get preferential treatment on where to park it. At least ,not to my way of thinking.
My point is that just because you happen to have a "fuel efficient vehicle" that SHOULD NOT mean you get better treatment from Best Buy, or any other LEED-certifified retail outlet. If BBY is going green with more efficient lighting or heating systems for their buildings, great. But to extend that to the parking lot is where my problem comes in.
As I said in my initial post, I work from home saving 250+ 52-mile round trip commutes yearly. When the weather is nice enough I ride a 42 mpg motorcycle. Yes, my 2002 5.3 liter 4WD may only gt 17 mpg, but given that I don't drive it everyday ( a tank of gas lasts me a month and a half), who's more "efficient?"
So why should *I* have to park further from the door (second class) to the Best Buy store on the day I happen to drive my Avalanche? Heck, I can even fit a television in my truck. How is the person driving a "fuel efficient" car going to the store to select and order a TV which has to be delivered to their home in a huge smoke-belching truck, make them more "fuel efficient" such that they get preferential treatment?
02-02-2012 11:38 AM
Where I live I've seen...
Personally, I'm parking in the nose bleed sections...
02-02-2012 11:46 AM
02-02-2012 12:43 PM
Hey I didn't go looking for this. The sign was staring me right in the face.
I'm just the one who's got the courage (is that the right word?) to question this "authority." You guys may not agree, but should know I'm putting up such a stink, because I wouldn't want anyone discriminating against YOU, either.
"Fuel efficient car" is just the example. It could be any other reason.
So it's OK to give preference for any subjective reason, and all others should be treated with disdain, forced to park further away, right? And you'd just be OK with that? Why not spots for "American cars only?" Or blue cars? Or only convertibles?
Or... Could it be there's no legitimate reason to grant such preferential treatment?
THAT is my point. There is NO LEGITIMATE REASON to give any preference to any customer based on the type of vehicle you drive to the store. In doing so, you'd be saying that anyone who is not a member of that class, gets treated as a second-class citizen.
In researching this issue, I've found there's a LEED program run by a non-government agency (http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=22
Tell me though, how does granting this 'privelege' to fuel efficient vehicles, make the building any more "green." How does alienating all but the few customers who can park in those spots, improve Best Buy's business? I'm just trying to point out the fallacy of this particular "green" initiative, and call it out for what it is - a feel-good, do-nothing approach to pushing "green"
It just blows me away that American people have become so accustomed to such political correct nonsense, that you'd be willing to park further away, without questioning why?
02-02-2012 01:11 PM
02-02-2012 01:12 PM