Parking mad! Woman gets ticket for three hour wait to leave shopping centre car park
A luckless driver has been left disgusted after being issued a parking ticket after a THREE HOUR traffic queue to leave a shopping centre pushed her over the time limit.
Recovering cancer patient Dionne Russell, from Coventry, West Midlands, was trapped in the gridlock in the city’s Central Six shopping centre car park on 14th May after a quick trip to pick up some essentials.
However, she was in for a shock when a £70 parking ticket was dropped through her door after license plate recognition cameras clocked her queued up after her three-hour time limit expired, despite being parked up for just 40 minutes.
Finance manager Dionne says she will never return to the shopping centre and will contest the fine.
She said: “I was totally amazed to get the fine – it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of.
“To add insult to injury, the car park has even sent me a photograph of my car when it exceeded the parking limit – and I’m clearly wedged in a queue between two other cars, desperately trying to get out of their car park!.
“There must have been 200 cars stuck in the queue that day, and when the police arrived to direct the traffic out, they said it wasn’t the first time it had happened.
“People were so angry, there was lots of shouting and people banging on windows if anyone let someone out.
“I thought it was bad enough that I’d wasted an entire morning in a queue trying to get out of a car park, but when I got this fine through the post, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”
Dionne had nipped to the shops to pick up some essentials for a trip to visit her fiance in Germany – but a broken down car and major oadworks in the area meant when she went to go home, the car park was in chaos.
She said: “I was going to visit my fiancé and I wanted something to keep me occupied while he was working.
“I had only gone to get some yarn for my crochet, but it ended up taking me longer to get home from there than from work in Nottingham.
“People were trying to force their way in front of me, I ended up letting one in because it was stressing me out so much.”
“Someone called the police, and when they arrived it started to move again.
“I would have been stuck there for so much longer if they weren’t there to control the main road and let people out.
“The car park management must have been aware of what was going on. I think it’s disgraceful to snd everyone a fine.
“I can stand up for myself, but there are probably plenty of people who will have been scared into paying this fine, even though it’s not their fault they were stuck for so long.”
A spokesperson for G24, the company which issued Ms Russell’s parking fine, said: “We have no comment. We will have to wait for the appeal to come through so we couldn’t pass comment yet.”