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Mum slams childless drivers who use parent-child parking spaces at Lidl – but not everyone agrees

THE mum-of-one has slammed shoppers who park in parent and child spaces when they don’t have kids – but not everyone agrees she’s right .

The anonymous driver was left so livid after being unable to find a space in a Lidl car park in Worcestershire that she took to social media to express her fury.


The mum from Droitwich, Worcestershire asked if local Lidl car park drivers should park in the parent and child spacesCredit: google maps

Posting to the Spotted Droitwich Facebook group, the mother asked if drivers could only park in the spaces if they had a child on board.

She added: “I highly doubt the same ignorant people would park in a disabled space, but can’t you see why people think it’s perfectly okay to do that without even pretending to have a kid?

“I couldn’t park there today with my newborn son, which wasn’t the end of the world, but the point is to be able to open the door wide enough to get a baby or child out of the car seat .

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“A little change of personal laziness that would make a huge difference to the parents/grandparents of Droitwich!

Despite the reasonable question, his comments sparked a huge debate as locals rushed to share their thoughts on his grievance, the Bromsgrove Advertiser reported.

One user replied: “It infuriates me too, especially when I see parents with troubled children.

“And then you get lazy parking there because they’re too lazy to walk a few extra steps in the parking lot.”

And a second agreed, adding: ‘The worst thing is when a parent with a child uses the parent and child car park….And the child is around 13!’

But one user felt no shame in ruffling a few feathers, commenting: “I like to park in the parent and child spaces of my big Range Rover as I have more room to open the door to get out.

“I usually drive it alone, but if I have passengers I will use 2 spaces and park in the middle.”

Another shopper was also more than happy to reveal he was responsible, commenting: ‘I always park in these spaces when I take my dad shopping. I’m 57, he’s 78.’

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And another joked, “Good job, there’s always plenty of space at the other end of the parking lot! A little walk never hurt anyone.”

A sixth pointed out that some drivers who use the spaces may use them because no disabled spaces are available and others may have disabilities that are not visible.

Parent and child spaces explained

What are the rules?

Using one of these bays without children in the car is not illegal as they are usually found on private land.

But private companies can fine you if you abuse it.

Car parks are required to clearly display their rules for the use of parent and child spaces, as well as the potential penalty if you break them.

Some places will require you to get children out of the car with you to be eligible, while others state that children must use a booster seat if you wish to park in one.

You should always read the rules for each car park before leaving your motor in one of these spaces to avoid being hit with a fine.

Each store has its own rules, but most have an age limit of 12 years old.

But in some car parks, places are only reserved for parents with babies and toddlers.


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