Charity watchdog AgeUK have criticised a decision by Waitrose to turn their all-inclusive disabled parking spaces into elitist parking bays for middle-class shoppers only.
As from September 2012 only cars displaying the specially designed exclusive Blue Badge will be allowed access to a Waitrose car park.
But the decision to only allow motorists displaying the controversial disabled badge to park outside their stores has been widely condemned by other leading age charities as being ‘insensitive and uncaring’
But Waitrose have defended the decision, saying they are only reacting to customer demand and are in no way trying to prevent people from a more modest or lower class background from shopping at their stores.
However, Waitrose claim was questioned by age charities who say that the special Waitrose badges have only ever been issued to the children from nice, middle-class families who live in the posh houses across town and the only chance shoppers from a less privileged background will ever have of getting one is when they appear on eBay.
Ginny Hargreaves, marketing manager for the Guildford branch of Waitrose went on to say that AgeUK had got it wrong, although did admit that owners of the Gold or Silver disabled badge would be entitled to park right outside the main shopping entrance but that Orange Badge owners will still need to shop at other less attractive stores as they (Orange Badges) were ‘well meaning’ but were only ever awarded to ‘runners-up’ and did not meet Waitrose high standards of excellence.
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Charity watchdog AgeUK have criticised a decision by Waitrose to turn their all-inclusive disabled parking spaces into elitist parking bays for middle-class shoppers only.Posted 2 years ago #
Any chance of Helen Skelton giving me one?...Posted 2 years ago #
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