Parking Ethics

November 29, 2006 at 8:17 pm 3 comments

Tonight while trying to find a parking spot at the mall, I drove past a few of those “expectant mother” parking spots. I passed by them and found a regular parking spot, but it did pose an interesting question. Am I allowed to park there legally or ethically? How do we define ‘expectant’ ? Does the intention on behalf of the mall matter more than what type of expectant mom I am? Having been pregnant and remembering those last couple of months when you simply cannot walk properly and you would kill for one of those electric, put-put kind of things you see people using, I think that I won’t park in the expectant spots. But then again, I am no less expectant. I am no less thrilled and excited as a pregnant mom. So, I put it to you all. What would you have done and what do you think?


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  • 1. reunionwritings  |  December 1, 2006 at 3:57 am

    Hey you might be an expectant mother who feels like she has no choice but to go ahead with an “adoption plan”. Then you’d be labelled a birthmother so you wouldn’t be an expectant mother so you wouldn’t be able to park there either……

  • 2. thalya  |  December 1, 2006 at 10:06 am

    Go search on Karen’s (naked ovary) website for a huge correspondance on this topic. One of those flamewars, but among the flames were a lot of thoughtful comments. Mostly saying that people found those spots generally unpleasant and wouldn’t ‘use them even if they were pregnant. And women who were adopting who promised to assert themselves and park there.

    But YMMV.

  • 3. Beau  |  December 14, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Where do they have these “expectant mother” parking spots? I have never seen one before!


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