A mum was left unhappy when a motorbike was left parked in a parent-child bay of a supermarket.
Becze Imre had gone to Aldi in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent to get groceries. The 34-year-old was on edge after discovering a delivery man had occupied one of the sought-after spaces that makes it easy for mums and dads to get young children in and out of their car seats.
Becze says the rider kept the bay busy for at least an hour on Sunday (April 10) as she did her weekly shopping before grabbing a bite to eat at nearby McDonald’s, reports StokeonTrentLive.
The mother-of-one, who has a 16-month-old son, told StokeonTrentLive: ‘This guy parked there for over an hour. When I went to Aldi he was there and when I “I finished shopping, he was still there. And then when I finished with McDonald’s, he was still there. He was talking in the McDonald’s, I think.”
Boiling over the man’s selfish actions, Becze posted a photo of the offending bike on social media. While many shared his frustration, others insisted there were bigger issues in the world to worry about.
Becze conceded that drivers often mistakenly use the bays or are only there for a few minutes – but says that was not the case with the biker. She added: “If another car is parked there, it doesn’t bother you so much. A lot of times people rush and park in the wrong place. That’s forgivable in my eyes. It’s harder to get over. parking by car but with a motorbike it’s very easy. So it’s sad. Aldi staff are very quick so you can finish shopping quickly but he wasn’t even in the store.”
A woman agreed that the jumper was down. She said: “No consideration at all, the bike should be run over by the police and the rider should be heavily fined.”
Another woman added: “They should be fined. I see it all the time and also people with car seats in the car but no kids with them. What’s the point of having the spaces if they’re going to get away with parking like that.”
But another woman said: “Why are people so bothered? There’s a lot more going on in the world. A lot of parents park in these spaces just because they have a child seat but no child with them.”
And one man simply added, “First world problems.”
Becze pointed to the problem, as research shows that one in four parent and child parking spaces are used by ineligible people. The most common reason given by people who abused parking spaces for parents and children was that there were plenty of spaces available, with 31% of respondents using this excuse.
A further 31% said they used the berries because they couldn’t find another spot in the supermarket car park. Just over a quarter (26%) said they broke the rules because it was late at night and they didn’t think there would be parents with children around.
And 22% of drivers tried to justify their actions by saying they only used the space for a few minutes. Unless signage indicates otherwise, parents are free to use the bays if accompanied by a child under 12 or in a car or booster seat.
Pregnant women using the spaces are considered a gray area as the signs specifically refer to parents with children. Aldi says customers must report misuse of berries to the store manager, but adds that limited in-store staff means they are unable to enforce the rules.