This week's local free newspaper carried an item about a man who had driven over to Wrexham from Crewe to avail himself of the shopping delights of our lovely new
However, on his return, he discovered that he had myseriously incurred a £70 parking fine, in spite of coming back before the end of his allotted time. It seemed that, having placed the ticket on his dashboard, the draught caused by his shutting the car door had flipped the ticket over so that the attendant couldn't read it. Fair enough, you might think, although hardly deserving of a fine of £70. However, the attendant was the one who had helped him with the ticket machine and had watched him place the ticket in his car! So even though he couldn't read the ticket, he knew that it was valid.
When the 'spokesperson' for the firm responsible was wheeled out, she said, oh yes, he would have been given a ticket in the circumstances but, if he appeals and can show his ticket (he has and he can), the fine will be waived.
So am I the only person who read this and wondered why on earth the ticket would be given in the first place knowing that it will be rescinded on appeal as a matter of course?
Of course, this kind of incident is not going to do a lot to encourage people to do their shopping there either, but I can live with that.