Tesco and Sainsbury’s shoppers driving to shops have been warned about where to park.
In the face of the cost-of-living crisis, many shoppers are opting for smaller, more regular purchases rather than one large weekly purchase.
As a result, they spend less time in stores. However, these shoppers have been warned that they could be fined for merely entering the supermarket.
The problem lies in where people park in stores, with many choosing to park in parent-child bays without having children with them just for the sake of snapping in.
Sainsbury’s has warned anyone who does so, saying its team ‘patrols’ car parks “regularly” and drivers found guilty of abusing the car park could face a fine.
As supermarket car parks are often on private property, there are no official government or council rules governing the use of the spaces.
That means it’s not illegal to park in the car park without a child, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be fined, just as you can be issued a parking ticket for overstaying in a supermarket car park.
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s told the Manchester Evening News: “For added convenience we offer a limited number of parking spaces specifically for customers shopping with children. Our parent-child bays are for customers who are accompanied by one or more children up to the age of 12
A Tesco spokesman added that parent and child bays are there to help parents with young children who may need extra space to get groceries, their child or prams and buggies in and out of cars.
They added that the areas are clearly marked as parent and child and that any breach could result in criminal charges.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/23055320.tesco-sainsburys-issue-warning-supermarket-shoppers/?ref=rss Tesco and Sainsbury’s are warning supermarket shoppers