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Police Can’t Enforce Expectant Mother Parking at Stores

You’ll find them at grocery stores, pharmacies and malls-parking spots designated for expectant mothers and women with small children. But unlike handicap spots, police can’t ticket motorists who park there.

Part-time nanny Charissa Mosora says kids come with extra baggage and the extra space between the special spots at Marsh is a big help.

“Just getting into and out of car seats sometimes can be a hassle,” Mosora said.

“Plus, he’s got little legs. He doesn’t move very fast. It’d be convenient just to be closer essentially.”

Parking spots close to the store are prime real estate and Marsh manager Rick Kemp says he sometimes catches people stealing the spots designated for moms.

“Usually a customer will come in and say they’ve seen someone get out of the car that’s obviously not a young mother and will come in and say something to us,” said Kemp.

We only saw young mothers taking advantage of the specialty spots at Marsh. But we did catch about ten people in a one-hour period parking illegally in the fire lane, and that’s been a recurring problem at Marsh.

Bloomington Police Cpt. Joe Qualters says parking enforcement in private lots is typically left to store management, but they do respond to specific complaints.

Police can issue citations for cars parked illegally in fire lanes and handicap spots, but they can’t punish motorists who park in spaces designated for mothers.

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  • chris

    If pregnant women can walk around a mall with ease. They can surely walk from on end of the parking lot to the mall entrance. Pure laziness!

  • Desiree Nicole McHale

    Ok this is not true at all. I’m pregnant I dont go to mall to shop if I don’t feel well, but I do have to work to provide for family and work at a mall and yes with a baby pinching the sciatic nerve walking can be very painful. Unless I want my family to starve I don’t have a choice, but to go to work. Also I live in chicago when a parking lot completely freezes over that is very dangerous to be walking across when pregnant. These parking spots aren’t harming anyone and they do help those who are in need of them. Also OBGYN should be issuing a sticker, like handicapped stickers are issued, to guarantee others are not taking advantage of the parking spots.

  • Alphega4

    Desiree, pregnancy sucks. You knew that going into it because by your words “my family” I can assume you already have kids. That being said, your condition is chosen. You get no sympathy from me, and I will park my car right up in those spots because my roommate that travels with me often has arthritis in both of her knees. I’m not going to force her to walk a painful distance, saddled with a problem she did not choose to have, because you had sex without protection. You are not special, you are not truly disabled, stop acting like it. And news flash. It’s dangerous for anyone to walk on a frozen parking lot. So much for motherhood making you more considerate.

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  • Jim

    These spaces seem a bit sexist. “Women with small children” get a special spot, but men with small children don’t?

  • vladimir76

    I take that spot any time I see it available! And I do encourage every guy to do so!

    There is a difference between Handicaped and pregnant. Handicap is either an accident or you are born being handicapped. Those people had no effect on their situation and i happily leave those parking spots for them!

    Pregnancy however, is a choice. Women choose to get pregnant and thus their pregnancy is not my problem. Definitely not in a world where women demand equality. Just as their pregnancy brings them all the joy and happiness, it also brings some negatives to it. So take it all and don’t put the bad part of it on us, the rest of the society. I’m not making it easier on you at my own expense. Your pregnancy is not my problem, and if you can not walk far, have your husband or the one who got you pregnant to do the shopping for you. It enough that I as a single childless men (by choice) am paying higher taxes so that your kids can go to school. So

  • BrokeGopher

    What if I “identify” as a pregnant woman?

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