A man who parked illegally in a space reserved for handicapped drivers was sentenced to stand outside the store with a sign telling everyone about his crime. Ragheem Smith, 29, stood in front of a Bi-Lo grocery store Thursday with a handmade sign that read 'I am not handicapped. I just parked there, sorry.'

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Should every able-bodied person caught parking in a handicapped spot be sentenced to this punishment?
A man who parked illegally in a space reserved for handicapped drivers was sentenced to stand outside the store with a sign telling everyone about his crime. Ragheem Smith, 29, stood in front of a Bi-Lo grocery store Thursday with a handmade sign that read `I am not handicapped. I just parked there, sorry.`

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13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 12:25:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd prefer a fine. I don't want my county involved in the art of humiliating people. There should be some even-handedness and sense of dignity to the court system. This has a cheap and exploitative quality to it--even if the judge thinks he's providing a social service.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 12:31:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd like to see the able-bodied person required to stay in a wheelchair for a week.

Get a taste of what it's like to be handicapped.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 12:37:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
I thought we were past public humiliation.

This is just like that Seinfeld episode: total over-reaction. What he did was insensitive, but doesn't merit the stigma that will be attached to him.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 1:46:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd prefer the fine as well.

That's just humiliation and serves no other purpose to me.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 3:04:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
Though it sounds harsh i feel really storngly about handicapped people. Why should we make laws and "break our backs" (pun intended) for the handicapped. All they do is clog up the health care system and aren't as productive as most able bodied people. Not to metion every time i go some where there are always good parking spots that never have any one in them.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 3:08:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^^Wait until you're handicapped yourself.

It's no picnic. The handicapped are finally able to remain part of a society. The able-bodied aren't the only one's who count.

Be glad you CAN walk from the further parking space.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 4:48:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
^Just ignore the oh so productive 13-17 year old.

To answer the question: Though I had to smirk reading the article I have to agree with those who said a fine would be better. I don't think public humiliation is an acceptable way of punishment. I like wanderer's approach though: to have the able-bodied person required to stay in a wheelchair for a week. That could have a more significant imopact on their thinking and behaviour.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 5:39:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think humiliation is the way to treat people..not now..maybe 100 years ago..
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 9:02:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
uhh...no ppl are busy give him a 100$ fine and lets get on with it
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 9:12:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Will we next impose similar sentences for people who didn't turn on their left-hand turn signal until after the person behind them was too close to go around?

I think it's ridiculously arbitrary how we create victims in our society, and any affront to them is treated like some horrible hate crime. Sensitivity goes two ways, and if one way is forced, the other way won't be sincere or lasting, either.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 10:24:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/29/2006 9:12:47 AM IRLIteach wrote:
I think it's ridiculously arbitrary how we create victims in our society,

I can't really see how handicapped people are 'created victims' in our society. And I'm not sure in which respect you find the handicapped to lack sensitivity.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 10:26:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would rather pay a fine instead.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 1:00:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/29/2006 12:37:33 AM GreyHaven wrote:
I thought we were past public humiliation. This is just like that Seinfeld episode: total over-reaction. What he did was insensitive, but doesn't merit the stigma that will be attached to him.

LOL I thought about the Seinfeld episode too when thinking of this. How they trashed and burned Frank Costanza's car because the lady in the wheelchair couldn't get up the ramp or something.

I think this is a good punishment, humiliation can be a strong factor for change, especially for something so small.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 12/29/06 - 1:17:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's ridiculous! Just have them pay a fine.
I had to pay it once & I had the handicapped person WITH ME in the car at the time! Just didn't have the parking sign to put up in the windshield. They lowered the amount of the fine tho.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 1:37:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
HAHAHAH YES!!!
Hahahah and let the public throw eggs at him!
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 1:40:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
no, he should have had to do community service helping handicapped people or something like that
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 1:41:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Its a crime!
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 8:25:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/29/2006 1:46:41 AM -tonic- wrote:
I'd prefer the fine as well. That's just humiliation and serves no other purpose to me.

On 12/29/2006 12:37:33 AM GreyHaven wrote:
I thought we were past public humiliation. This is just like that Seinfeld episode: total over-reaction. What he did was insensitive, but doesn't merit the stigma that will be attached to him.

I agree.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 8:50:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/29/2006 10:24:46 AM Matthias wrote:
On 12/29/2006 9:12:47 AM IRLIteach wrote: I think it's ridiculously arbitrary how we create victims in our society, I can't really see how handicapped people are 'created victims' in our society. And I'm not sure in which respect you find the handicapped to lack sensitivity.

When we treat illegal parking in a handicapped zone as some horrible hate crime, it seems like we are treating handicapped people like these poor helpless citizens who need protection. It's demeaning. It's not the handicapped I find lacking in equitable sympathy; it's the people who would crucify people who perpetrating insensitive but potentially far less vindictive offenses against the handicapped.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 12/31/06 - 9:02:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know, but if this one guy never does the same thing again, I'd say it worked with him. Time will tell I guess.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 1/13/07 - 6:47:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
OH MY GOSH!!! what insensitive people you are!!! Everybody who parks in handicapped spots without a good reason to (like being handicapped) should be punished. A fine isn't going to show what an inconsiderate person you are!!! How would you like to have a broken ankle and have to park at the back of the lot because theres nothing closer & some idiot took the parking spot. Expeshally when if you would step on a pebble wrong, you run the risk of breaking every bone in your body. And even when your not hurt, and you park in the closest non-handicaped spot, you almost get ran over all the time cause people can't see you cause your so short. read more about it at oif.org. And for all the handicaped people reading this, and get sick of people parking where they shouldn't, check out gimpstore.com. They have some great 'presents' to leave those people, to give them a piece of your mind!!!
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 1/13/07 - 7:52:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
I saw an advert or a clip once where a guy parked purposely in the disabled spot even when told he had to move. The disabled guy (who is coincidently a British paralympic basketball player) wheels his chair over to this guys car and smashes it in. I thought it was amusing even though I'm sure I've forgotten bits.

Anyway, a fine would have done.

13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 2/17/07 - 6:14:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
They should be forced to go everywhere in a wheelchair and can only speak through a computer like Stephen Hawking.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 2/20/07 - 1:09:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
F*ck giving him a fine, that won't do poo to curb his irresponsibility. This is a perfect punishment. After a few hours of humiliation, maybe he'll think twice before doing it again.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 2/20/07 - 2:00:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
If a judge tried to sentence me to something like that, I would appeal and request a jury trial. Either the judge would cave and give me a more traditional sentence, or the state would have to waste the time and money of a jury trial.

It's not that I don't think parking in a handicapped spot isn't bad and shouldn't be punished. I just don't like the idea of moralizing over it and making people who break that law feel like what they've done is a sign of horribly low character. If parking in a handicapped spot is more serious than parking in a No Parking zone, make the fine larger, but I see this more as vindictive, proselytizing sentencing than as creative sentencing.


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