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I was fined £200 parking fare after car service took it on a 250 mile track… they even sucked the joints inside

A holiday traveler at FUMING said his new £70,000 BMW was taken away for “fun” and fined £200 while he was away.

John Craig, 39, also discovered the inside of his car had been completely dumped in the trash, with three tire deflated and “used as a cigarette trash”.

John finds a lawnmower in his engine

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John finds a lawnmower in his engineCredit: BPM
CCTV from ticket enforcers showed the car being driven around while John was away

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CCTV from ticket enforcers showed the car being driven around while John was away
More letters show that John's car was taken on his trip to America

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More letters show that John’s car was taken on his trip to America

First, the perpetrator left behind a marijuana grinder, added 250 miles to the meter, used up gas AND drained the windshield fluid.

John, a tattoo artist from Brighton, told The Sun Online: “I’m fuming and blinding – I’m fuming”.

Three fines of £100, £60 and £40 have all been imposed on his motives while he was away in the US.

And to make matters worse, the company refused to pay them.

In letters seen by The Sun Online, John’s car can be seen charging around while it is believed to be in the care of the parking company.

John was absent from January 14 to February 14, but CCTV of parking tickets showed violations on January 22, February 5 and 7.

The images John shared also show ashes all over his prized black BMW 4 series M Sports car littered with what he calls “cowboy parking attendants.” .

A half-burned cigarette can also be seen under one of the seats.

John said he made the horror discovery after a three-and-a-half week vacation to Miami, where he went on a cruise.

He said he made a reservation through EzyBook and chose Enigma car park, 120 Bath Road, Harlington in Hayes near Heathrow airport, to park the car.

He paid a whopping £110 for the privilege but was charged £40 by the company for being a day late.

Discussing the events, he recalls a strange moment when the company “let me drive in circles” as he dropped the engine.

John told MyLondon: “The warning signs were there when they said they would ‘try to give me the car’ when I got back.”

After collecting the abused car on February 14, he told The Sun Online of how a young man dropped it and immediately got into another vehicle.

He added: “I was driving home and thought the car smelled of marijuana.

“I had jet lag so I thought I was just tired but the smell was so strong that when I stopped to get gas I had to look around.”

He added that’s when he found a grinder with weed still in it and marijuana gear around his car.

Surprisingly, when he complained about finding the alleged weed and grinder, he claimed Enigma told him “it could be one of his friends”.

He later said that an Enigma representative had told him that young workers “like to smoke weed” while they were driving.

John also said he had to pull over to the gas station because the parking company had dried up the car – even though he had filled the tank up before leaving.

He also alleges that he was repeatedly called a fraud when dealing with Enigma while his request was passed on to multiple members of the company, who all promised refunds.

John has yet to receive his refund and it looks like he won’t – Government records show Enigma went bankrupt on March 1.

He considered the experience “a disgrace” and added that he had worked hard on the new car which was “still a weed”.

EzyBook has also told John that they will remove Enigma from their booking service, before it is officially dissolved next month.

According to company filings, this will be the second time the company has gone bankrupt.

Reflecting on the experience, John told Sun online: “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

He hopes the car is not linked to any crimes and hopes to have the parking ticket cleared.

Meanwhile, his story was covered by Crimewatch.

Heathrow Airport said neither Enigma nor EzyBook are accredited HAL vendors.

Enigma did not respond to comment.

John's tire was badly scratched and deflated when he picked it up

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John’s tire was badly scratched and deflated when he picked it up
A cigarette was found under the seat of his wrecked car

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A cigarette was found under the seat of his wrecked carCredit: BPM
Ashes and burns damaged the upholstery of his precious motorcycle

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Ashes and burns damaged the upholstery of his precious motorcycleCredit: BPM
Ash litters his car which he says he worked hard to buy

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Ash litters his car which he says he worked hard to buyCredit: BPM
A match was found along with other paraphernalia

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A match was found along with other paraphernaliaCredit: BPM

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