Here's something I found kind of interesting. If you didn't see Saturday's story – click right smack here for that bad boy – then here's the down and dirty: Knox County Commissioners and Knoxville City Council members are expected to talk about postponing a fee increase of $12.50 for about 615 government workers who park in the garage under the ol' Deathstar.
Now for the interesting/unusual/makes-me-scratch-my-head part.
The folks who have handicapped placards or plates for their car(s) don't have to pay to park. That's cool. It's state law. Whatever.
But the breakdown is certainly curious.
The county has 120 employees who have the placards/plates. The city has seven.
Right now you'd be hard pressed to get anyone to talk publicly about it, but there's quite a few folks who aren't happy about this. They're wondering whether everyone who has a placard really needs one.
Of course, what are you going to do? Start harassing someone you think is scamming the system only to find out they’re really disabled? Good luck with that.
Still, scoring one of these placards is not all that hard. I mean look how easy it is to get pain pills around here. Or a driver's license if you're an illegal.
In the meantime, keep in mind that even though someone doesn't appear disabled, there are legitimate “invisible” disabilities.