A GOBSMACKED businessman has been slapped with a £100 parking fine at McDonald’s while waiting for his electric car to be charged.
Amar Tanna, 36, was handed the ticket despite spending a meal and £35 on electricity at the chain’s charging station in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
The motorist said he was going to Wheatfield Way Maccy’s for a snack when he received the unsavory fine.
But when he arrived, the branch’s car charger was operational, so Amar ate some food.
He later locked up his vehicle to have some juice before driving home after a long day’s work in Coventry.
He said Leicestershire Live: “The price they asked was extortionate anyway – twice what it was when I charged my car.
“But I had to charge it or I wouldn’t be able to get home.”
But days later, he got the shock of his life when he was fined.
He contacted electricity charging provider InstaVolt to immediately investigate the issue and asked how he was fined for being in the parking lot while paying for electricity the entire time he was there.
Katherine Binks’ customer service rep wrote back and explained that the parking restrictions were actually being administered by a separate company, Civil Enforcement Ltd.
Unfortunately, that meant what was already there Parking restrictions still apply to Amar even when using the charging stations.
This rule has also been made clear on signs in the parking garage, which offers a maximum of 90 minutes of free parking for each vehicle.
However, InstaVolt did provide Amar with a proof of charge letter to appeal the fine – he has appealed – but was unsuccessful.
Amar noted that he had also written to McDonald’s but they can’t help as the parking enforcement company is a separate entity.
Though Amar admits he’s not confident he’ll get an answer.
He said: “The parking companies are the usual kind of business – hard to reach with a one-page website.”
The Sun Online has reached out to McDonald’s and Civil Enforcement Ltd for comment.
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