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Woman Loses Appeal of $300 Parking Ticket at Danvers BJ’s

A 56-year-old Lynnfield woman has lost her court appeal of a $300 ticket she received last year for parking in a handicapped space outside BJ’s Wholesale Club in Danvers.

A Lynnfield woman has lost her appeal of a $300 ticket she received for parking in a handicapped space outside in Danvers.

The Salem News reported Wednesday that a Newburyport Superior Court judge rejected the appeal earlier this week on the grounds that despite the circumstances, she still should not have parked illegally.

On March 30, 2010, Janice Eberle, 56, had been shopping at BJ’s for a generator. As she was leaving, Eberle pulled into a handicapped spot to run back in and retrieve a credit card. It was pouring rain at the time. She was only inside for a few minutes, but that was all the time it took for an officer to notice the illegally parked car and write a $300 ticket.

Eberle did not have a handicapped placard on her license plate.

She contested the ticket with town Parking Clerk Stephen Delaney, who refused to waive the fine, and then filed a complaint in court. Eberle argued several hardships, including the weather, the quick dash inside for the forgotten credit card, recent shoulder surgery and a flooded basement at home due to the weather, according to news reports of the case.

The case did draw national media attention.

The Salem News reported on Wednesday that Eberle now has until July 7 to pay the ticket.

Belinda (Nina) Mross May 29, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Karen, Tracey, Howard, Michelle, and Karen, you all know exactly what you are talking about from first hand experiances! I also have RA, FIBRO, and DDD along w 3 kids. No I don't look sick, but I would like to see some of these rude and inconsiderate people walk in my shoes for 30 minutes, and than tell me how much it hurts to just be standing!! Just to share w my fellow painfilled friends, one of my personal favorite come backs to the "but you don't look sick" comments is well you don't look like a dr so I guess we're even!!! I hope you all have a little less pain, and a whole lot of laughs to get you through those painfilled days!!
AJ & Karen May 29, 2011 at 02:54 PM
As parents with four special needs children, one of whom bolts if anything catches his eye, it is for their safety that we park in the handicap space. Since only the wheelchair bound child has a placard, we do not park in the space if he is not in the car. We don't park in the space if we forget to transfer the placard to the vehicle we are using. Please don't use these spaces if you do not have a handicap plate or placard. We are very conservative but we don't think that showing compassion for the disabled is "big government".
TOM May 30, 2011 at 09:20 PM
go to Twin River in RI and you will discover half of their clientel are handicapped watch them all place the placard on the mirror and then run into the casino I could get handicapped plates for my bad legs but am damned if I will accept privaleges that really should be for more serious cases than mine sure wish they would be diligent and fine those fakers $300
Carla King May 30, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Although i can understand your frustration Tom. I have to respond by saying that not everyone who is handicapped may look it. I do look handicap. Right now, I can't say I even am! Thank goodness for great health insurance, the drugs I take have made me well. But when they wear off close to the next treatment, or when I am simply having a bad day it is well needed. I can often walk into a store looking and feeling good, but after a short time, can't walk back out. That is the trouble with the disease I have. It can also be easy to walk in. But with bags in tow very difficult. Just because we look good on the outside, doesn't mean we feel that way. It also doesn't mean we are collecting benefits either. There is nothing wrong with that. But I am able to work BECAUSE I have a plate. If I didn't I would not be able to walk the distance in the winter to my office door. Winter is harder on me. My dr pleaded with me to leave work and get disability because sadly it was the only way I could get the treatment I needed. He felt I absolutely was 100% disabled. I chose to fight my own insurance company instead. For me, not working would have killed me. I could never be home with nothing to do. But the point is, I really need my placard, I am working hard (7 jobs I must say!!) and I pay taxes. So I plead for you to not judge a book by it's cover. and oh ! wait! I do a little writing for the patch... I have 8 jobs!!!
BILL May 31, 2011 at 01:40 PM
BRAVO!!! AWESOME!!! PEOPLE THINK," OH I'LL JUST BE A MINUTE" TOUGH!! HERE'S YOUR $300 TICKET!! HA HA HA !! GOT JUST WHAT YOU DESERVE ,YOU HAVE TWO CAPABLE LEGS SO USE THEM!!! I AM HANDICAPPED WITH SERIOUS SPINAL INJURIES, JUST ABOUT EVERY TIME I PULL INTO WALGREENS THERE IS SOME IGNORANT SCUMBAG WHO FEELS ENTITLED TO PARK THERE RATHER THAN WALK THE EXTRA DISTANCE AND TRUTH BE TOLD IT IS ALWAYS A SPANISH PERSON AND I DO SPEAK UP BUT THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN, "ME NO SPEAKY ENGLY"!! FINE, THEN YOU MUST BE BLIND ALSO CAUSE THE BIG BLUE SIGNS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU IS ON THE WALL AND THE GROUND. NOTHING LESS THAN PURE ENTITLEMENT, IGNORANCE, SELFISHNESS, AND ZERO CONCERN FOR OTHERS AND THEN THE ATTITUDE COMES OUT, "I'M NOT BOTHERING YOU" "SHE'S COMING RIGHT OUT" ETC.ETC. ALSO FUNNY HOW THEY LEAVE SOMEONE IN THE CAR WHEN THEY STEAL A SPOT DESIGNATED FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT!!

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