Unlike the handicap (disabled persons?) parking spots, the suggested reserved parking for expectant mothers is not enforceable by law, but it gets me to see people parking there who clearly are not pregnant. I do apologize to the men who, by some miracle, truly are pregnant and parking there – my mistake I suppose. I know there are a few women who have made headlines by getting pregnant in their later years, but I’m willing to bet the 60-something-year-old couple I saw parking their Camero in such a spot this morning at Target were not pregnant.
Even when I was pregnant, I only used such a parking spot at Venture once (maybe twice) when I was very pregnant with twins. I wasn’t disabled. I chose to get pregnant. Plus, I was going to walk plenty once inside the store anyway. What difference was 50-100 extra feet going to make? If a woman is experiencing a difficult pregnancy and absolutely has to go shopping, then she could ask her doctor for a temporary handicap parking sign for her rear view mirror. Other than that, while I think it’s sweet of these stores to extend this privilege to expectant mothers, I don’t think it’s necessary.