Is it tempting?
You pull up in front of a store, you're in a hurry, the closest parking spot has a sign in front of it with a wheelchair.
And you are not disabled. Do you do it? Apparently, plenty do.
"It's rampant. People just disregard it," said Tim Ashley, a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs who is interning at The Independence Center.
"I think it's a lack of education," he said. "I'd like to think that human nature is better than that. That they aren't doing it on purpose."
People in Colorado Springs illegally park in handicapped-accessible areas in front of grocery stores, retail shops, RedBox movie kiosks, at apartment complexes, airports, even medical facilities.
In terms of evil, it's right up there with conversing with the devil. It's bad for your soul.
In Colorado Springs, it can also be expensive. There's a $100 fine, Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Barbara Miller said.
The Springs also has volunteers who scour parking lots for offenders.
In New Jersey, a first offense is $250. After that, it's $250 and/or 90 days of community service.
This month, Los Angeles authorities held a two-day sting operation because of numerous complaints about motorists without handicapped placards parking in handicapped-accessible spots. They nabbed 241. People were busted at big box stores, college campuses and malls.
But most of those who park in handicapped-accessible spaces aren't caught by cops; they're caught by well-meaning folks - some disabled, others just with heart - who wonder where these people get off.
Mark Riley, owner of Viper Towing & Recovery, sees it all the time. Some of the work his towing company takes on is helping police parking lots at private apartment communities for illegally parked cars.
"A resident will call and say: 'There's someone parking in the handicapped with no placard and I'm handicapped and I can't even park near my building,'?" Riley said.
And so, at the request of the building management, he tows them. The average charge to get the vehicle back is about $200.
"Normally, their excuse is: 'I should be able to park close to my building, so I figured I would park there,'?" Riley said. "It's not: 'I forgot to put my placard up. Usually, it's 'I don't feel I have to walk across my complex.'?"
Riley expects to see numbers climb as winter rolls in.
"It could all be avoided if they would just pay attention," he said. "All the spots are clearly marked. They just don't care or they just think they can park there and no one will care."