Ranty Friday – Parent & Child Parking Bays

This week I thought I would join in with Mummy Barrows Ranty Friday after this just happened:

I went over to my sisters today and she was discussing making a birthday cake for my nephews birthday next week. Never having really baked a cake before she asked me to accompany her to her to get the correct stuff she needs.

We took Abigail and Zachary with us leaving the older 2 at my sisters (don’t worry there was an adult stating with them!) and drive to the local Tesco.

We drove around looking for a Parent and Child space, needing the extra room to get the little ones out safely.

We noticed a car pull up in to a space, a man in his mid 50’s and a woman her in 40’s got out – then went to walk off. No child in the car.

I wound down the passenger winos and said “Excuse me, that’s a Parent and Child space. You don’t have any children with you”.

Their response? “So what!”

I explained that I had children in the car and needed the space.

The woman decided to edge closer to the car as her and her husband continues to shout at us that they could do what they wanted. Their reasoning for parking there was that the car that was parking in the space prior to them also didn’t have children.

WELL EXCUSE ME – that makes it ok then does it?


We eventually found a space and parked up. Once in the store we spoke to the security guy who told us to speak to the store manager, but went in to tell us that it’s always happening.

We told the store manager, gave then the registration number of the car and explained the couple were rude. Not that I expect anything to be done.

I took this picture when we left the store:

Ranty Friday

They’re dotted around and easily visible YET people ignore them!

To park in a space that is there to make parents lives easier is not acceptable. To then row and shout at someone who pulls you up on it is also not acceptable.

Yes, I know the spaces don’t have to be there but I’m sick to death of struggling to get my children out of the car because they do not make standard car park spaces wide enough to accommodate a larger family car.

I really feel that these spaces need to be regulated, just like disabled parking bays – or what about moving them further away from the store entrance so the lazy people refrain from parking there!!

If I don’t have my children in the car I park in a normal space – so why can’t others? It’s pure laziness in my opinion!!



  1. November 1, 2013 / 6:22 pm

    Totally with you on that. I think stores like Tesco should do their own badge scheme, you go in to the store and collect one and put it in your car. Then they have somebody who wanders around checking for the badge on the car. It’s not rocket science.

    And why do people have to be so damned rude?!

  2. 33mummyof2
    November 1, 2013 / 6:32 pm

    Totally agree with you, drives me mad! Have never confronted anyone about it but wish there was someone going around checking and like mummy barrow suggests having a badge that qualifies you to park there, although that wouldn’t stop the ones that don’t have the children in the car with them at the time. They should know better! grrr

  3. November 1, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    Happens all the time im my tesco. About 70% of hte cars parked there have no children inside.

  4. November 2, 2013 / 7:57 am

    Whilst I agree with you and often have the same frustrations, having worked at Tesco for a number of years it is impossible to police and would require a member of staff to be on it full time and they would get so much abuse it would not be fair. It is not a legal requirement to have these spaces like disabled spaces and we used to leaflet cars that we thought had parked there wrongly but that is all we could do.
    You cannot check cars for car seats as some suggest as sometimes the seats go into the shop – certainly I do this at the moment as Seb is often asleep so we just pop his seat on the wheel base. It is up to people to be sensible and not park there if they do not have kids.
    Tesco did have a badge scheme but people don’t want badges cluttering up their cars, plus how do you know they have kids with them if the car is displaying a badge?
    I remember them trialling a gated system once but for whatever reason it didn’t work…….I just don;t know how you can stop it!

  5. Chelle
    November 2, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    That pees me off too! Same as not offering a pregnant woman a seat and parking in disabled too x

  6. November 2, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    I totally agree with you and having just passed my test I am really appreciating the extra space to park not just be able to get the kids out. IMO I think stores should have more parent spaces. I went to marks and spencer the other day and felt lucky to find a parent space but who pulled up next to me? 2 little old ladies!