There is another instance that is also extremely bothersome. I don't know if this applies to everyone who parks in handicapped spaces but it does apply to people in wheelchairs. There is a striped area next to most handicapped spaces. The purpose of this area is to give someone room to get themselves and their wheelchair out of the car. Yet, it seems that people think if they park their shopping carts in that area that it is okay because they are not blocking the space. Unfortunately this destroys every bit of functionality that the space has for someone like myself. I personally don't use the spaces because of how close they are to the front door. I use them so I have room to get my wheelchair out of the car. I realize this doesn't apply to all cases this is just something I refer to as handicapped courtesy.