02-02-2012 01:20 PM
02-02-2012 01:29 PM
Thanks for continuing the DIALOG, Jimmie.
Handicapped spots, or expectant mother/child with infant parking, gives preference to those who "need some help." Something to make their life easier because of some perceived physical need.
But granting preference to someone based on the type of CAR they drive, seems somehow different to me, and as such, offensive.
02-02-2012 02:03 PM
02-02-2012 02:41 PM
02-02-2012 04:36 PM
02-03-2012 12:28 AM
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
2) out of Washington, DC. They give companies 'certification" for being compliant with all manner of "green" initiatives. Better or more efficient lighting, HVAC, non-toxic paints or carpet glue, etc. all get the building certain "points" toward the certification. Part of the deal is they get points for alloting a certain percentage of the parking spots as "fuel efficient parking only." I suspect this whole thing at Best Buy is part of said initiative.
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?
So you don't like having to park 10 feet further away from the door at Best Buy to go buy your Chinese made junk electronics like everybody sells nowadays? As others said already, vote with your wallet and stop shopping at places that you feel 'discriminate' against you.
But let's face it, America is a land of lazy, fat, easily irritated people. Someone doesn't help you in half a nanosecond when you want help? File a complaint. Someone doesn't wanna stop pestering you to see if you need help? File a complaint. Someone corrects you that it's actually the Microsoft Xbox 360 and that Super Smash Brothers is NOT on that console? File a complaint.
People are easily annoyed and quick to champion a 'cause' that they feel is worthy, even if in the grand scheme of things maybe it's not even worth a pile of beans. Where's the outrage over all of society's major ills? No. That's too hard of a topic to complain about. Let's just cry about how we have to walk 10 extra feet(walking is good cardio exercise) to get to the store.
As for why they put the 'normal'(and honestly that's a term I use lightly with some customers) customers spots further out, maybe they got sick of the late model vehicles with bad emission control spewing their noxious gasses and fouling the air near the main entrance of the stores. I've seen far more older vehicles that emit more noise/pollution than a semi truck going full throttle down the highway.
02-03-2012 01:06 AM
Comparing preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles to the Civil Rights movement. Now THAT'S Classic, LOL!!!
I have to second this. There are simply no parallels between blatant racial discrimination and the parking of automobiles.
I am quit sick of various "agendas" hi-jacking the Civil Right Movement. Gays do it. Illegal immigrants do it. I could go on. It's really quite offensive.
02-03-2012 01:35 AM
Its their freaking lot. If they put a "NO AVALANCHES ALLOWED" sign up they can and there isnt a thing you can do about it. If they want to prohibit red vehicles they can. Its THEIR PROPERTY. Unless its a PROTECTED BY LAW group (race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age) they can do what ever they like. They arent required to put up spots for seniors, expectant mothers, compact cars, etc but they can if they like.
I have no problems parking my F350SD crew cab dually down the aisles. Makes it easier to get out and usually its bigger than normal stalls. The again I'm not going to park a HUGE tall truck where its going to be a problem for people to reverse out of a stall because they cant see around it.
02-03-2012 09:26 AM