'Understand the rules': Store owner slammed over disabled parking space

A customer has taken aim at a Victorian retailer for setting up a stock display in a reserved disability parking bay.

The customer said they were visiting The Famous Arthur Daley’s discount store in Ferntree Gully in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges when they spotted a disability parking bay being used as a space to promote inflatable pools and toys for sale.

“The manager needs to understand the laws as the two other disabled parking spaces are already filled,” the customer wrote in a Facebook group, along with a photo of an umbrella and paddling pool displayed inside a car park reserved for motorists with disability passes.

“The trolleys shouldn't be there either,” one person replied.

“They should know. They know what it's for, should use common sense to know they should not use for anything else,” another person replied.

The Famous Arthur Daley’s put a pool and umbrella for sale in a disability parking bay
The Famous Arthur Daley’s used a disability parking pace to display items for sale. Source: Facebook/Google Maps

Another person also pointed out the store had used the hatched area on the side of the disability bay for storage when its supposed to be kept free for permit holders who need extra space to exit and gain entrance to vehicles.

“They put an entrance canopy on the yellow cross hatched areas. The trolleys will impede for permit holders. They really should move the disability bays. So much wrong here!” the user commented.

In Victoria, disability parking spaces on private areas such as car parks are usually left at the discretion of the owner to police, however the original poster said after speaking with staff of Famous Arthur Daley’s the display was promptly moved, freeing the disability parking bay for its intended use.

“Credit given to where credit is due... I spoke to the staff from Famous Arthur Daley's of the legalities and they swiftly moved it. Congratulations to them,” the poster wrote.

The original poster said that while they were happy the management of the store corrected the problem, they would not be removing the post as a lesson to others.

“In my opinion, I honestly believe that this does not shame them but demonstrates that people make mistakes and corrects them,” they wrote.

“Erasing it makes it that it never happened and in my eyes that is not correct.”

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