A personal trainer says he’s forced to use parent-and-child bays when parking his car because he’s ‘too big’ – and that he doesn’t think it’s selfish to take up the space.
Bodybuilder Chris Goodwin, who goes by the nickname ‘the Greek Stallion’, says the parent-and-child bays are his ‘only option’ due to his size.
He said: “I’m a muscle-model champion. I’m a beast. Even if there are parking bays, I never bloody use them.
“I’ll just go and park in the same parent-and-child, even if I’m on my own – I always do it.
“I don’t give a crap what people think of me. I’ll do what I want. I can’t fit out of my car – I’m too big. I don’t think it is selfish, I really don’t.
“People take it way over the top because you’re parking in a bloody parent-and-child bay. They want to bloody fight you like Mike Tyson would.
“I still think anybody should be able to park there and that’s not being selfish. I think I should have my own bay saying, ‘The Greek Stallion’s Bay’.”
His approach to parking has already resulted in a few run-ins, with Chris saying an irate person once told him off for using a parent-and-child spot.
He explained: “A woman pointed out that it was a parent-and-child bay and I couldn’t park there but then she started shouting abuse at me for parking there.
“My partner Kate was pregnant at the time so we couldn’t park in the normal bays because they were not wide enough for us to get out which I explained to the lady and she called me a tight a***.”
However, he says he should have been allowed to use the space as his girlfriend was pregnant at the time and they both needed to be able to exit the car.
Opening up about what gets his goat, he added: “When people are taking up lines in parking bays or using two spaces, that’s annoying, but if someone needs to use the parent-and-child bay they should be able to do it without any judgement.”