I was fined £100 by the valet after arriving in Argos to pick up my order

A DISABLED driver has caught fire after being fined £100 for parking as he pulled into Argos to take his order.

James Kernick, 51, considered the fine a “scam” when he received the ticket in the mail following his visit to the store in Leicester, East Mids., on January 17.

James Kernick says he got to the Argos store in Leicester in just 12 minutes


James Kernick says he got to the Argos store in Leicester in just 12 minutesCredit: Google

He used the store’s click and collect service to place his order and drove to the store on the Belgrave Gate.

James pulled into the parking lot behind the store and, thinking he’d be fine, quickly stopped and picked up his stuff.

The customer doesn’t think he’ll have to pay because this is a car park for the store and says he’s been inside for 12 minutes.

But a few days later he received a parking fee notice in the amount of £100 – because he hadn’t paid for the parking.

The car park is owned by Euro Car Parks and charges £1 per hour for parking.

James claims he didn’t know he would have to pay for parking just to pick up an item from the store.

He told Leicester Mercury: “I was picking up a travel cot from the store and parked it for just over ten minutes to get in and out.

“If I think I need a parking ticket, I’ll pay for one, but assuming that, since it’s connected to Argos, customers will be able to pick up their stuff without having to pay.

“The store really needs to warn customers. Argos doesn’t warn customers about that and it’s like a scam, because people are being punished for taking their orders.


“Most stores have a collection area for customers to come in, pick up their items and leave, and I would have thought this was the situation here – but that’s clearly not the case.

“The staff at the store I spoke to also wiped their hands because Euro Car Parks owns it – but I think the store should at least have some reminders for customers to come pick up their stuff – it seems like a Shop parking with entrance leading into it.

“I’m sure they’ll notice that customers are being penalized for using it.”

He said that if he had known he needed to pay for parking, he would have paid because the £1 fee was a lot less than the parking notice.

James is disabled and has a blue parking badge and in addition he has to walk as little as possible.

He added: “I still think they should put some kind of notice on the shop window or in the store – telling customers to pay for parking. I can’t imagine being the first or last to go through this.

“I want to go to court and argue the case, because I think this is scamming a lot of Argos customers for money and nothing is being done to try to stop it.”

There are signs in the parking lot telling drivers that they need to pay to park.

There are also other signs that say it’s camera-controlled using ANPR cameras – which automatically read license plates when they’re in and out of the parking lot.

An Argos spokesman told The Sun: “We have looked into this and can confirm that this car park is operated by Euro Car Parks as a public car park for the town centre.

“For customers who visit our store, we have made sure that signs are visible at the entrance of the store.

“There are also signs around the parking lot and a slanting sign for drivers when turning onto the road to make it as visible as possible.”

Euro Car Parks has been contacted for comment.

Parking lots have signs telling motorists that they have to pay to park


Parking lots have signs telling motorists that they have to pay to parkCredit: Google

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