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I charge drivers £10 to park like a Wally on my property

A FARMER was amazed at how many drivers seem willing to pay MORE to park like “Wallys”.

Ian Flindall installed a sign reading ‘Park neat and tight £3, Park like a Wally £10’ after angry at how visitors to Portheras Cove in west Cornwall parked in his car park.

'Wally' drivers have to pay a tenner in Ian's car park

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‘Wally’ drivers have to pay a tenner in Ian’s car parkPhoto credit: Neil Hope
Ian said he was

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Ian said he was “amazed” at how drivers are willing to shell out a tenner just to park however they wishPhoto credit: Neil Hope

The 69-year-old owner of Chypraze Farm, which is at the start of a public footpath to the beauty spot, is demanding cash via an honesty box.

But he admits he’s “baffled” at how drivers are willing to shell out a tenner just to park how they want.

He told The Sun: “All we ask is that drivers park close together to allow more and more people to come and enjoy the wonderful Cornish coastline.

“But I’m still amazed at how many £10 notes have been put in the honesty box for not bothering to park near another car.

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“I think they’re like, ‘Well, I just left the car, here’s a ten.’

Ian and his family have farmed the land near Portheras Cove since the 1960’s and had set aside a small plot of land as visitor parking.

He explained how his mother-in-law, Dorothy Jasper, came and stayed on the farm as a land army girl during the war.

She then put up a sign saying people could park on the property if they dropped a sixpence in the honesty box.

The parking fee was a bargain at 17 cents in 2003, but over the years the price has risen as more people got wind of the area.

Speaking of the ‘Wally’ aspect of the sign, he said: ‘I had the sign made during the Covid pandemic when we saw more and more people coming here.

“I went to the local signmaker and asked him if he could do it and he was only too happy to oblige. I think it was the first time he’d been asked to use the word ‘Wally’ on a sign.”

Ian claims that without the sign, cars would be parked all over the narrow lane, causing chaos for the large farm vehicles he drives up and down the street.

The farmer insists he doesn’t want to overcharge people or “rip people off”.

“But if they take four places, then surely they should pay for four places,” he said.

He reckons that if people park “sensibly,” a few cars may end up in the lot, but if they don’t, it’s absolute “mess.”

He added that the sign’s wording is the public’s fault as while he trusts many people to park properly, some will inevitably “spoil it”.

‘GENIUS’

It comes as Ian’s hilarious solution was hailed as a ‘great idea’ by some motorists – but others find it problematic.

One person said: “Brilliant way to stop people from parking like t***s.”

And a second said: “Love this idea. You’d think people who live like sardines in inner cities for most of their lives would be adept at driving a car…

“But the moment you present them with a nice rural parking lot with no painted lines, it seems like they have some kind of stress-related aneurysm.”

But another countered, “Isn’t this an example of when ‘fines’ can backfire by legitimizing the behavior?”

He said of his country’s internet fame: “Some people come to take pictures of the sign. If you can’t laugh a little, what can you do?”

An honesty box has been in operation in the parking lot since the 1960s

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An honesty box has been in operation in the parking lot since the 1960sPhoto credit: Neil Hope

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