In regards to Fred Meyer’s addition of more handicapped parking places, I applaud them for their community-minded efforts. In that vein, I would like to suggest that Fred Meyer consider the replacement of a few of the new handicapped spaces with some “parents with small children” spaces.
Safety is the big issue here. Even the best behaved child sometimes acts out, and oftentimes it’s right after getting out of the car or getting out of a store. It would just be safer to allow parents with small kids to park on the curb. Even if they’re walking the same distance, the children are safer on the sidewalk than going across the parking lot.
This is a simple way for Fred Meyer to be even more family friendly than it is. As I would imagine that most families with kids are likely to be purchasing large amounts of food, clothing and other goods, I would hope Fred Meyer would be willing to do this small favor for some of their best customers.
Also, I’d like to point out I have yet to see more cars in the handicapped parking section in the rear of the store than there were before the whole section became handicapped. I honestly don’t think that it would affect anyone negatively to change some of the unused handicapped spaces to some parents with small children spaces. I know quite a few parents who would love the opportunity to take advantage of them.
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