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  •  Yes. And people are always reporting that they (8+ / 0-)

    see people go through the line with their food stamps and buy lobster. And there are people who use food stamps then drive away in a new Escalade, etc. etc. It's called anecdotal. Meaning " Based on casual observations or indications rather than rigorous or scientific analysis."

    Humans have a tendency to report something they have seen happen as something that happens all the time. If the person in that article has had this happen to him one time, he will start to become suspect of anyone who he perceives as not quite fitting the criteria.

    I have personally had people leave disparaging notes on my car. I have a disabled tag. I don't always "look" disabled. Some days, I am more able to get around than others. Without getting medical documentation proving that I am, or am not sufficiently disabled for an onlooker, there is no way to appease them. That person will start telling people "I see people parking with disabled tags all the time who don't need it." That's anecdotal.

    It's also legal for a person who is driving another on a regular basis who is disabled to have a tag. That able bodied person can drop the disabled person at the door, then park in the disabled parking space. When they walk to the store, onlookers believe that they see someone abusing the privilege. They have no idea what the truth is, but they'll have no problem repeating what they perceive.

    And again, "some instances" does not make "rampant abuse". Just like "some people abusing food stamps" does not equal "people on food stamps are fraudulent".

    I'd like to start a new meme: "No means no" is a misnomer. It should be "Only 'Yes' means yes." Just because someone doesn't say "No" doesn't mean they've given consent. If she didn't say "Yes", there is no consent.

    by second gen on Thu May 16, 2013 at 05:12:34 PM PDT

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    •  my sis is disabled (5+ / 0-)

      and doesn't drive, but she has a parking tag that she carries in her purse, so that when she gets a ride to go to the doctor or the store she doesn't have to walk far - she can walk, but uses a cane or a walker.

      My father was disabled by stroke - it messed up his balance and vision. He'd get early boardign, but they didn't allow him enough time to get onto the plane before they let on everyone else - so he was having to lean against the wall ans the 20-somethings charged through. And at DFW, twenty years ago, they didn't seem to have an elevator or escalator he could use to get from the passenger level to the tram level: the redcap dropped him off at the top of the stairs. (I hope that's been fixed!)

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Thu May 16, 2013 at 05:28:06 PM PDT

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