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originally posted by: MikeA
I am 51 years old and have seen the decline first hand. No one takes the blame for the things they do. Don't see it, simple turn on Cops or Parking wars and so forth. It's real simple to me if you get a parking ticket, speeding ticket or what ever it's YOUR fault not those paid to enforce those laws.
I watch a show like Parking Wars, for example, and see people parking in a bus stop that is clearly posted NO PARKING. They get a ticket and have the same thing to say. "I was only there for a minute you could have just given me a warning" First the sign says NO PARKING; NO meaning NOT AT ALL EVER. It does not mean it's ok if your only there for a minute. Second you had 2 warnings and ignored them. 1: The drivers test telling you what the signs say. 2: The sign itself clearly says you are not allowed to park there. This is true everywhere it says not to do something THE SIGN IS THE WARNING.
When I was a kid if a person was pulled over for speeding the driver might not be happy about getting caught but they did not blame the officer. Today someone gets pulled over they start cussing out the officer yelling and screaming about being in a hurry so the laws don't apply or what ever, then they go home and tell friends and family how the cop was rude and disrespectful and had no reason to stop you. All this in front of your kids. No flash forward a few years and your kid is being pulled over how do you think they will react? They refuse to stop because "I know my rights and I don't think I did anything that gives you the right to pull me over" So they don't stop end up being chased maybe get killed or kill others and end up in jail or worse. All because you were unwilling to admit you were wrong.
Where was your compassion when you blew through the stop light risking the lives of other drivers. Or blocked that handicap ramp just to park 10 feet closer to the ATM. Did it ever cross your mind that the officer is only doing the job WE pay him to do, or do you simply believe that the laws don't apply to you.
I guess what I'm saying is IF YOU crash into the building it's NOT the cars fault. If the breaks failed it's your fault for not maintaining them in working order. If your kid ends up bad don't blame the kid down the street because, first it's your kid and YOUR job to raise them, and second that kids parents are saying the same thing about yours.
WAKE UP people here's a clue COFFEE is hot, DRUGS have side effects, and RIDING A BIKE AT NIGHT is dangerous without a light. These things are not the fault of the people who make the product, but the people who USE them. If you slip and fall you don't sue the flooring company for not telling you it gets slippery when wet. Common sense should tell you that. Pay more attention to where you step. Bottom line is IF you do something it's YOUR FAULT. The job of raising your kids is YOURS not TV's or music. If you don't like the laws that's fine change them. That doesn't mean you can break them and complain when you get caught.
One more thing IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A HANDICAP TAG DO NOT PARK IN A HANDICAP SPACE. IF THAT HANDICAP PERSON IS NOT IN THE CAR AT THAT TIME YOU MAY NOT (REPEAT NOT) PARK IN THAT SPACE. The person registered to that handicap tag MUST be with you (NOT at home asking you to stop and pick up something for them) for you to use that parking space, and just because no one is parked there at the moment does NOT mean you can use it for just a minute or two.