A mum has been fined £100 for allegedly parking at McDonald’s for almost six hours – but she claims she was home all day.
Tracy Stephenson, 40, grabbed a latte as she dropped off her partner at work in his van before driving home.
But parking company UKPC sent a letter a week later insisting the vehicle was parked outside the fast food outlet in Middlesbrough, North Yorks, for five hours and 43 minutes.
Single mom Tracy, who doesn’t live with her partner, said: “It’s absolutely ridiculous.
“I can’t afford it and I refuse to pay it if I haven’t done anything wrong.”
She said she could be a victim of what’s known as a double-dip camera error when cars park twice in one day.
It happens when automatic number plate recognition cameras capture the first entrance and second exit, which are often hours apart.
However, she also suggested that the vehicle pictured leaving the parking lot might not even be hers, as the license plate is blurred in the picture.
UKPC told their officers they checked the ANPR system and cameras only recorded one entry and one exit. Tracy wants them to check the CCTV to see her arriving and leaving.
Tracy from Darlington, County Durham, narrated Teesside Live: “This is stress we don’t need.
“I doubt they didn’t even check to see if we left in the timeframe of 10, possibly 20 minutes after we were pictured.
“If I had done it I would have just admitted it and paid the fine and sulked but the fact I definitely wasn’t there for this duration is but a beggar’s faith.
“I don’t know what else I can do, I’m just tearing my hair out.
“They dismissed the fact that I said I wasn’t there.
“They didn’t investigate it further on their part and They just want me to pay high.”
Tracy called it a daylight robbery and vowed never to use the drive-thru again.
UKPC has been asked to comment.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8541380/fined-parking-mcdonalds-six-hours/ I was fined £100 for parking at McDonald’s for SIX HOURS…but I was home all day