Smokey couple fined £70 for visiting Asda twice in one day
A FUMING couple have been fined £70 for visiting Asda twice in one day – and have issued a stark warning to other shoppers.
Their car was recorded as running almost six hours overtime, instead of the two quick stops they had made.
The couple visited an Asda in Wirral, Merseyside, for their familiar grocery store.
Then, the same day, they went back to the old car park to fill up at the supermarket’s gas station.
Despite only two quick stops, CCTV checked the car there for almost six hours – the period between both visits – and charged a £70 fine for being overdue.
And it seems the camera missed the car leaving the parking lot on both occasions.
The couple took to Facebook to warn drivers to beware of cameras mistaking their stays and slap them with hefty fines.
The woman said: “Just wanted to let everyone know, we recently received a £70 parking fine from ‘ParkingEye’ who are responsible for parking in Asda, Woodchurch.
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“The letter alleges that we were in the parking lot for 5 hours and 44 minutes (which we did not).
“We went to the store in the morning and then again to buy gas in the evening.
“Cameras captured two of the four events and confused us as we were in the parking lot the whole time.
“I went to Asda and was told if I could bring the letter and the receipt/bank statement into the store, they could stamp it out.
“I didn’t carry it and so appealed the online fine providing a copy of our banking transactions and just received a notification saying it was cancelled.
“Wanted to make people aware in case the same thing happens to them.”
An Asda spokesperson said: ”We use CCTV systems in our parking lots to prevent anti-social behavior and ensure customers can park in our stores. me safely.
“We’re glad this bug was resolved quickly and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.”
A spokesperson for ParkingEye confirmed the charge notice was dropped on appeal when the couple provided evidence.
They said: “ParkingEye operates a BPA (British Parking Association) audited appeals process, which motorists can use to appeal their Parking Charge Notice.
“If anyone has extenuating circumstances, we would encourage them to make this clear by making a complaint to ParkingEye.”
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