An angry shopper is warning others not to fall into the trap of sharing car park tickets or it could end up ruining their Christmas.
Lynda Double was faced with an £80 fine after she fell foul of the small print when she took up a stranger’s kind offer of a ticket that was still valid for an hour and a half.
But, unknown to Lynda, a parking attendant had witnessed the handover and within minutes of her leaving the car park at Beales department store in Peterborough, the “jobsworth” attendant had slapped the ticket on her windscreen.
She said: “I could not believe it. It was just so sneaky. The only way he could have known that we had been given the ticket was if he had seen us taking it, so why didn’t he approach us and say it wasn’t allowed. Talk about jobsworth.
”It does say ‘non transferable’ on the ticket, but I didn’t even look at it. I just stuck it in the car and went on my way.”
Lynda now wants to warn others because she fears an £80 fine could be enough to ruin Christmas for other hard-up shoppers.
She said: “£80 is a lot of money and that could really spoil Christmas for a young family who are counting the pennies and struggling to make ends meet.
Napier Parking Ltd, which runs the car park and issued Mrs Double with a fine, says signs and the tickets themselves clearly say they are non-transferable from one car to another.
A spokesman could not comment on individual cases, but said the company has an appeals process which Mrs Double could use if she was unhappy with the way the fine was issued. (SG221012-334NG)