First up is the handicap placard, natch. Really, some will consider you a sucker if you don’t have one by now. I mean, tens of thousands* of San Francisco drivers can’t be wrong, right? (Just do a little doctor shopping the way Winona Rider used to. High triglycerides? Give it a shot, why not?)
Gordon Young’s piece from 1996 here tells the story – nothing’s changed** since then.
But that blue piece of plastic can only get you so far. Click on the shot below to see what you’re missing. Stuff like:
A photocopied piece of paper labeled PRESS,*** and an American flag pin, and a giant SFPD pin, and an expired San Francisco poll worker one-day pass from June (a “Polling Place Parking Permit”), and a few other seals and crests and odds and ends designed to make sure that any PCO will decide to leave well enough alone.
You could probably park this rig on the very steps of City Hall with impunity:
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Aging Ford Tuarus FTW!
*Or 52k, per the StreetsBlog, but of course that doesn’t include the counterfeits or the valid placards from commuters who live outside of San Francisco County.
**Has any CA doctor ever received any kind of discipline for authorizing a handicap placard at any time in state history? Hells no. It’s totally wide open.
***If the driver is a member of the press, then so everybody else in America.
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