A TRAFFIC warden who accepted a cream doughnut in exchange for offering a shopper free parking has spectacularly made an about-face and slapped a ticket on the car anyway.
Christine Spanner arrived at the Market Place car park in Heanor, Derbyshire, for a spot of shopping but realised the machines were out of order.
Despite the faulty machines, the 66-year-old school administrator said a parking attendant told her he would still issue tickets for those who overstayed.
But after a brief chat, the man decided to use his powers of discretion and told her she could take her time without worrying about a ticket.
Mrs Spanner told the Derby Telegraph: “I went down to Birds and bought him a cream doughnut. I said ‘here you are, I’ve bought you a cake, all you need now is a nice cup of tea with that’.”
I went driving around to find him. I was absolutely livid.”
An hour and 20 minutes later, she returned to find something pinned to her windscreen.
She said: “My friend thought there was a thank-you note on my car.
“But it was a ticket! I was fuming, to be honest. I went driving around to find him. I was absolutely livid. I couldn’t believe he had given me a parking ticket when he’d said it was OK for me to stay.”
She joked: “I’ll give him another cream cake, but I won’t be giving it to him nicely, it’ll be in his face – like you see on the TV.”
Mrs Spanner, who received the ticket in December 2017, said she only decided to speak out after reading a similar story about a parking ticket row and a disappearing parking warden.
She says the rumour is that the warden moved on to another patch shortly after the incident.
The retired Lloyds TSB bank worker, and Corfield Church of England Infant School administrator, who lives near Morley, reluctantly agreed to pay the £25 fine issued by the Amber Valley Borough Council attendant.
I’ll give him another cream cake, but I won’t be giving it to him nicely, it’ll be in his face.”
Despite her ordeal, the Morley local said she still has faith in people.
A spokesman for Amber Valley Borough Council said Mrs Spanner can go through an appeals process for incorrectly-issued tickets, which is detailed on the back of the pay and display machines.
He said: “Should members of the public find that no pay and display machines are working within a particular car park, if they telephone the number provided on the signage and give their registration number, they will be able to park in accordance with all other restrictions, such as the maximum stay.”
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