Mercedes driver divides opinion over hospital car park complaint

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A nasty car park debate has escalated after a woman claimed an inconsiderate driver blocked the wheelchair access point to her car.

The Mercedes driver parked in an Australian Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled (ACROD) clearance zone to drop her friend at Fiona Stanley Hospital, south of Perth, on Thursday and was furious at what she saw when she returned to her car.

A smaller vehicle had parked alongside her in the zone, preventing her friend from being able to get back in via the wheelchair access point.

The woman shared an image of the incident to Facebook following the ordeal with the intention to alert the other driver of the inconvenience they caused.

She criticised the “thoughtless person”, who also had an ACROD pass, for parking so closely to her.

Cars parked in the ACROD zone at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth.
The driver of the small car was criticised for blocking wheelchair access to the large car (left). Source: Facebook

“I came out of the hospital today, having transported my friend that is having radiation treatment and in a wheelchair, to find that some thoughtless person also with an ACROD pass displayed had parked in the space available for me to access my car,” the woman wrote.

“I hope that if you see this you will appreciate the inconvenience that it caused my friend and be more considerate next time.”

More than 100 people weighed in on her complaint, some expressing concern for the driver of the other vehicle who they said could have been in just as much of a pressing situation.

“Has anyone considered the person in the other car and their situation. They seem to be getting the raw deal here and no one knows their condition,” one person said in response.

Many took aim at the woman who complained for executing a slightly crooked park herself.

“The Mercedes Benz needs to learn how to park,” one wrote.

Others questioned why the woman could not simply drive forward slightly to move her car away from the one obstructing its wheelchair access.

“Next time move the car forward and your friend would not have had any problems hopping in – really no inconvenience,” one wrote.

Several said in the instance of a wheelchair-bound person being alone, such an option would not be possible given they have no alternative way to get to the driver’s seat.

But this was not the case for the woman complaining, who was there to assist her wheelchair-bound friend in and out of the vehicle.

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