An angry customer has threatened to boycott a fast food restaurant near Spalding over a £100 parking fine.
Ruth Taplin (52) of Holland Road, Spalding, received the parking ticket by post on Thursday after unknowingly breaching a 90-minute restriction at McDonald’s restaurant on Holbeach Road.
The fine will be halved to £50 if Ruth pays within 14 days but she claims the parking restriction, introduced in May, wasn’t clearly displayed and has vowed never to eat at the restaurant again.
Ruth said: “I took a friend to McDonald’s on September 9 and we decided to have coffee, lunch and dessert while we chatted and caught up with each other.
“We were there for over 90 minutes and went over the time limit for parking, but my heart leapt in my mouth when I got the parking ticket.
“I phoned the restaurant manager to ask whether there were signs up on the car park and he said the 90-minute restriction had only been in place for a few months.
“But I didn’t see any signs and I’m amazed that McDonald’s has brought this in at an out-of-town restaurant like Spalding’s.”
Ruth has 28 days to pay up or face possible court action, but a new law allows people to appeal against parking fines to a Parking on Private Land Appeals body as long as they were issued on or after October 1 2012 by a car park operator in the Approved Operator Scheme run by the British Parking Association.
Ruth said: “It just seems completely ludicrous to me that McDonald’s don’t seem to want people to stay at their restaurant and my friend has written to them because she was so mad.
“We often eat at the restaurant near Spalding but I won’t be going there ever again.”
A McDonald’s spokesman said: “In an effort to make sure there are always parking spaces available to our customers, we have had to introduce parking restrictions at some of our restaurants, including Spalding where a 90-minute limit is enforced.
“The restrictions were put inplace because of problems we were experiencing, including people leaving their cars for several hours whilst they went on shopping or used nearby facilities.
“We make every effort to communicate the parking arrangements in place and signage has been displayed in the car park at the Spalding restaurant since the end of May, with a total of ten signs located around the car park.”