A pensioner has issued a warning to shoppers after spending 10 minutes parked in a bay with an hour limit and picking up a £50 fine.
Brian O’Donaghue of Maplewood Drive, Cleveleys, says he was furious after the parking ticket was slapped on his wife’s car as she shopped in Marks & Spencer on Victoria Road West.
Mrs O’Donaghue parked in the car park behind the store in a bay permitting one hour of free parking, then went to use the bank before starting her shopping. To her horror, when she returned 10 minutes later, the ticket had been stuck on to her windscreen.
Despite Mr O’Donaghue, 60, complaining in the store, he was told staff could not help him as the car park was operated by a different company, Euro Car Parks. Now the grandfather of four has vowed never to use M&S again. He said: “The car park signs are totally misleading, it is absolutely sickening. “It says for Marks & Spencer customers and she did shop there, it doesn’t say if you shop anywhere else you’ll get fined.
An M&S spokesman said: “It’s always our intention to ensure we have parking spaces available for our customers where possible, and the car park at M&S Simply Food in Cleveleys is clearly marked for customers only.”
Euro Car Parks declined to make a comment.