There’s been some debate over the years over parking spots reserved for new and expectant mothers – some calling them sexist and dated while others suggest they are very much needed, as they simply give new mums and heavily pregnant women a hand.
In comes Justin Simard. On Monday, the new father drove up to Sobeys, a popular supermarket chain, with his nine-month-old son in tow. He couldn’t find a parking spot close to the store, but he did find spots reserved for expectant and new mums.
“Crap, am I allowed to park here? #notababysitter #dadissues,” he tweeted at Sobeys. He took his chances and parked, but at the expense of a “dirty look” from a fellow parker. He told Huffington Post UK: “The wording of the sign bothered me. What about single fathers? What about same-sex couples? It occurred to me that the sign could be more inclusive.”
Not only did Sobeys respond and tell “#SuperDad” Simard that he was entitled to the parking spot – they promised to update the signage at his location.
Customer service win, yes, but not everyone agreed with Simard taking the spot from a mum or mum-to-be. The new dad’s exchange with the supermarket chain quickly went viral and other parents weighed in – many men and women who were against Simard taking that parking spot said he grabbed it due to “male privilege” and that he’d never know what it feels like to carry a baby for nine months.
But Simard did have a handful of supporters, many who suggested it’s high time the world treat fathers equally.
“Thank you for speaking up. Men are treated like second class citizens. You have opened discussion to our inadequacies!” wrote Benjamin. While Mike suggested that treating fathers equally is “just the right thing to do.”
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