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Disabled parking line

 
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A very simple parking wire is placed across the entrance to a disabled parking spot.

One wire is on a static pole, and another is 'locked' to another pole.

To access it, you can simply push a button to open the latch.

You can now drive your car towards it, pushing the flexible wire away with your car, and access the parking spot. When you drive out, the flexible wire will return to its original configuration.

while you are in the parking area, there is a strobe that will flash, to indicate that is being used.

The idea behind this, is simply to force Assholes who squat on these spot to take an extra mental step to use it inconsiderately.

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An additional version can be a simple electrical latch that unlocks the wire... The wire will break if you access it, so if you are not disabled, and you break it... a photograph will be taken of your car, and you will have to pay the fine for breaking it (if you are not disabled).

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The wire should have a bright notice, saying its a handicap space.

mofosyne, Sep 24 2010

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       I was wondering something like this myself, [21].   

       If you are photographed whilst pushing your car, it throws into question the severity of your handicap a bit, doesn't it?
Boomershine, Sep 24 2010
  

       Re worded for legibility. Does it make any more sense now?
mofosyne, Sep 24 2010
  

       I saw a parking space for the handicapped in france recently. It had a sign saying: Prenez mon place, prenez mon handicap. Some would consider that a halfbakery idea right there. But it would be cruel and unusual.
zeno, Sep 24 2010
  

       Excellent none the less, [zeno].
8th of 7, Sep 24 2010
  

       That's why no-one really wants to be French. I mean, you could decide to be French, but then you'd be French... no thanks.
infidel, Sep 24 2010
  

       /it makes me angry./   

       then the handicapped have won.
bungston, Sep 24 2010
  

       That user seems to be angry a lot of the time. Maybe it's a cry for help, or an attempt to contract bowel cancer?
infidel, Sep 25 2010
  

       //Prenez mon place, prenez mon handicap.//   

       Pretty sure that's French for: "Anybody can park here, handicapped or not."
doctorremulac3, Sep 26 2010
  

       Do you mean being mentally handicapped as opposed to being physically handicapped? I trust you fall into the latter rather than the former category of affliction. I however, suffer from being both mentally and physically challenged, yet merely hold a disability parking card,   

       Heh Heh. I, on the other hand, get my own back by parking in a non disability parking facility. Doesn't really piss anybody off though. ....Except me.
Ah Supp, Oct 07 2011
  

       // Assholes who squat on these spot to take an extra mental step to use it inconsiderately. //   

       This defeats the point of your idea. Inconsiderate assholes are, by definition. Taking an extra mental step to be inconsiderate will not bother them because they won't even consider it. Now, if this was a very light gate that could only be unlocked by an RFID planted in the handicapped-parking permit tag, then it would work.
Alterother, Oct 07 2011
  

       I'm getting a lot of that lately. Stay tuned.
Alterother, Oct 07 2011
  

       //Prenez mon place, prenez mon handicap.//   

       Used to be "Reservée au mutilés de guerre" but I suppose there's currently a shortage of those in France.
mouseposture, Oct 07 2011
  

       Ever since they adopted a white Cross of Lorraine on a white background as their battle standard, yes. About 1940, that was.   

       It seems to be directly linked to their startlingly poor performance in subsequent Olympic games; whenever they hear the starter's gun fire, instead of running, they just stand perfectly still and raise both hands in the air.
8th of 7, Oct 07 2011
  

       On the other hand, they consistently take the podium in the 100-metre condescending glare.
Alterother, Oct 07 2011
  
      
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