£70 fine for mum who dropped off then picked up her son from work

Essex County Standard: £70 fine for mum who dropped off then picked up her son from work £70 fine for mum who dropped off then picked up her son from work

A MUM was stunned when she was fined £70 for using a car park twice in four hours to pick up her son.

Kim Bradberry took her son to work at Gala bingo, in Clacton, and parked at Aldi, in Pier Avenue.

She left the car park at 11.25am and returned at 3.18pm to pick up her son.

The car park, managed by company ParkingEye, has a four hour no-return policy, which landed Mrs Bradberry with a fine.

She said: “I only left it three hours and 53 minutes before returning.

“This £70 fine is a lot of money for coming back seven minutes too early. It seems incredibly petty, especially when I often use the shop.

“I can’t afford another £70 expense at Christmas time.

“It is the worst possible time for it. Things are stretched enough as it is.”

Mrs Bradberry, 50, of Garden Road, Jaywick, said she feels conned and will not use the Aldi store again.

She said: “It’s overzealous. It is despicable to make people pay like this. I don’t feel like I have done anything wrong.”

A ParkingEye spokesman said: "Parking Eye was engaged by Aldi because its car park was suffering from parking abuse, including incidents of cars being left for lengthy periods, or all day, meaning that genuine shoppers couldn’t find parking spaces.

"Obviously this issue becomes even more important during the busy Christmas period when demand is particularly high.

"However Parking Eye operates an audited appeals process and encourages people to appeal if they feel there are mitigating circumstances."

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6:47am Tue 31 Dec 13

Count me in says...

So was she shopping in Aldi during both episodes of parking? If so she's got a point. If not she shouldn't have been there and should expect to be fined.
So was she shopping in Aldi during both episodes of parking? If so she's got a point. If not she shouldn't have been there and should expect to be fined. Count me in

8:43am Tue 31 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

For a start private companies cannot fine anyone although they are entitled to make a charge if motorists don't follow the clearly written conditions that should be there for all to read.

Secondly, if she wishes she can refuse to pay and defend her actions in court, and be prepared to defend her actions, that is if the company choose to pursue their claim (often they don't)

However, going to the press will not change things and she should have been aware in the first place, but if she didn't use Aldi and only parked there to drop off and pick up her son then she is at fault.
For a start private companies cannot fine anyone although they are entitled to make a charge if motorists don't follow the clearly written conditions that should be there for all to read. Secondly, if she wishes she can refuse to pay and defend her actions in court, and be prepared to defend her actions, that is if the company choose to pursue their claim (often they don't) However, going to the press will not change things and she should have been aware in the first place, but if she didn't use Aldi and only parked there to drop off and pick up her son then she is at fault. Say It As It Is OK?

8:52am Tue 31 Dec 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

I agree with 'Count me in', had she shopped, or was she just using their facilities? (after all, Gala Bingo has it's own car park)

Fundamentally though, I'd suggest people not use Aldi if they are actually restricting the amount of times people shop there. Seems like a ludicrous policy inadvertently designed to reduce income.

Finally, after seeing this photo, and the one in the paper, does the paper insist that anyone with bad news look as if Armageddon is upon us... it was partially the ladies own mistake, grow up and take some responsibility.
I agree with 'Count me in', had she shopped, or was she just using their facilities? (after all, Gala Bingo has it's own car park) Fundamentally though, I'd suggest people not use Aldi if they are actually restricting the amount of times people shop there. Seems like a ludicrous policy inadvertently designed to reduce income. Finally, after seeing this photo, and the one in the paper, does the paper insist that anyone with bad news look as if Armageddon is upon us... it was partially the ladies own mistake, grow up and take some responsibility. No! I am Spartacus

9:09am Tue 31 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Unfortunately many supermarkets now put time restrictions on parking but they only do so to prevent parking abuse by inconsiderate motorists. Sainsburys at Stanway was long used as a free 'park and ride' car park where 3 or 4 motorists would meet up in the morning and travel together in one car to save on multiple parking charges. This meant, in busy times genuine shoppers were the ones who were inconvenienced. So lets not always blame the supermarket because, all to often, they are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
Unfortunately many supermarkets now put time restrictions on parking but they only do so to prevent parking abuse by inconsiderate motorists. Sainsburys at Stanway was long used as a free 'park and ride' car park where 3 or 4 motorists would meet up in the morning and travel together in one car to save on multiple parking charges. This meant, in busy times genuine shoppers were the ones who were inconvenienced. So lets not always blame the supermarket because, all to often, they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Say It As It Is OK?

9:10am Tue 31 Dec 13

friday_woods says...

Don't pay it. Parking Eye can not make you pay, the only people that can are council parking or the police. Seriously. You'll receive another letter exactly the same as the first then a letter threatening court action then the letters stop. Trust me I've been there. Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website recommends the same. (Oh, and the best bit about all this - Parking Eye have to pay the DVLA for your details so its costing them to send you the letter :))) )
Don't pay it. Parking Eye can not make you pay, the only people that can are council parking or the police. Seriously. You'll receive another letter exactly the same as the first then a letter threatening court action then the letters stop. Trust me I've been there. Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website recommends the same. (Oh, and the best bit about all this - Parking Eye have to pay the DVLA for your details so its costing them to send you the letter :))) ) friday_woods

9:51am Tue 31 Dec 13

the mighty wah says...

As Friday woods says, don't pay it. They will pester you for it and make all sorts of threats but in the end the will give up. I have amassed hundreds of these fines over the years and have not paid one. Parking eye even gave me a fine for doing a u turn in a hotel car park once.
As Friday woods says, don't pay it. They will pester you for it and make all sorts of threats but in the end the will give up. I have amassed hundreds of these fines over the years and have not paid one. Parking eye even gave me a fine for doing a u turn in a hotel car park once. the mighty wah

10:14am Tue 31 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Aldi top supermarket in the UK as voted for by shoppers, not on this evidence, don't pay it!
Aldi top supermarket in the UK as voted for by shoppers, not on this evidence, don't pay it! totallyfootball

10:25am Tue 31 Dec 13

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

The same applies to the idiots that park in SHEEPEN ROAD Matalan Car Park then lope off into town centre, whether you have been there for under 2 hours or not.

The cameras are not on the gate to prove the 2 Hour abuse cycle they are there for many other reasons ie getting the plate numbers to those who damage on site in dusk hours...

You want to park you do it at your own risk and you may...

You do not get something for nothing in this world.

The only thing you get for nothing, is NOTHING.

The Brotherhood Of The Bell:
The same applies to the idiots that park in SHEEPEN ROAD Matalan Car Park then lope off into town centre, whether you have been there for under 2 hours or not. The cameras are not on the gate to prove the 2 Hour abuse cycle they are there for many other reasons ie getting the plate numbers to those who damage on site in dusk hours... You want to park you do it at your own risk and you may... You do not get something for nothing in this world. The only thing you get for nothing, is NOTHING. The Brotherhood Of The Bell: TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell

10:56am Tue 31 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

No sympathy.
No sympathy. Jack222

11:14am Tue 31 Dec 13

Route88 says...

When you park in these places with prominent notices containing the terms and conditions under which you park, your are entering a contract. If you chose not to read the notice, that is basically tough. The excess charge is recoverable through a civil court but whether or not the company will issue proceedings against you is another question. Some will and some won't. It is probably best to read the rules and obey them - it saves hassle.
When you park in these places with prominent notices containing the terms and conditions under which you park, your are entering a contract. If you chose not to read the notice, that is basically tough. The excess charge is recoverable through a civil court but whether or not the company will issue proceedings against you is another question. Some will and some won't. It is probably best to read the rules and obey them - it saves hassle. Route88

11:55am Tue 31 Dec 13

hughie-s says...

She has probably shot herself in the foot by going to the press. ParkingEye are hardly likely to let her off the hook and will pursue the matter, in the courts if needs be, as a warning to others.
She has probably shot herself in the foot by going to the press. ParkingEye are hardly likely to let her off the hook and will pursue the matter, in the courts if needs be, as a warning to others. hughie-s

12:27pm Tue 31 Dec 13

friday_woods says...

hughie-s wrote:
She has probably shot herself in the foot by going to the press. ParkingEye are hardly likely to let her off the hook and will pursue the matter, in the courts if needs be, as a warning to others.
Corrrect. Parking Eye will no doubt hound her more than the usual 3 letters and she'll end up paying the £70 due to the publicity she's caused. If only she'd kept quiet and ignored the letters...
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: She has probably shot herself in the foot by going to the press. ParkingEye are hardly likely to let her off the hook and will pursue the matter, in the courts if needs be, as a warning to others.[/p][/quote]Corrrect. Parking Eye will no doubt hound her more than the usual 3 letters and she'll end up paying the £70 due to the publicity she's caused. If only she'd kept quiet and ignored the letters... friday_woods

3:15pm Tue 31 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Dont understand why she needed to park up to drop a person or pick them up.enlighten me please.
Dont understand why she needed to park up to drop a person or pick them up.enlighten me please. stevedawson

4:25pm Tue 31 Dec 13

the mighty wah says...

Unless they take her to court, which they wont, she wont have to pay a penny however many threats they make.
Unless they take her to court, which they wont, she wont have to pay a penny however many threats they make. the mighty wah

4:37pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Citizen 139 says...

Let parking eye take her to court. They'll lose!
www.pistonheads.com/
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Let parking eye take her to court. They'll lose! www.pistonheads.com/ gassing/topic.asp?h= 0&f=10&t=1362686&mid =259789&nmt=Parking+ Eye Citizen 139

5:38pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Reginald47 says...

No story here. More lazy journalism.
No story here. More lazy journalism. Reginald47

5:46pm Tue 31 Dec 13

crazy comments says...

friday_woods wrote:
Don't pay it. Parking Eye can not make you pay, the only people that can are council parking or the police. Seriously. You'll receive another letter exactly the same as the first then a letter threatening court action then the letters stop. Trust me I've been there. Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website recommends the same. (Oh, and the best bit about all this - Parking Eye have to pay the DVLA for your details so its costing them to send you the letter :))) )
He is dead right.
[quote][p][bold]friday_woods[/bold] wrote: Don't pay it. Parking Eye can not make you pay, the only people that can are council parking or the police. Seriously. You'll receive another letter exactly the same as the first then a letter threatening court action then the letters stop. Trust me I've been there. Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website recommends the same. (Oh, and the best bit about all this - Parking Eye have to pay the DVLA for your details so its costing them to send you the letter :))) )[/p][/quote]He is dead right. crazy comments

10:31pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Boris says...

My wife got one of those penalty notices from Parking Eye. She wrote them a polite letter with a photocopy of her Aldi till receipt, and they wrote back confirming the charge was cancelled. Problem solved.
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Aldi is an excellent supermarket, but both their Colchester stores have rather small car parks, so they certainly don't need interlopers taking up their spaces. I don't know their Clacton store but probably the same applies.
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Asda also has a time limit on parking, very sensible considering how close they are to North Station. There are warning notices there too, but has anyone ever been "fined" there?
My wife got one of those penalty notices from Parking Eye. She wrote them a polite letter with a photocopy of her Aldi till receipt, and they wrote back confirming the charge was cancelled. Problem solved. . Aldi is an excellent supermarket, but both their Colchester stores have rather small car parks, so they certainly don't need interlopers taking up their spaces. I don't know their Clacton store but probably the same applies. . Asda also has a time limit on parking, very sensible considering how close they are to North Station. There are warning notices there too, but has anyone ever been "fined" there? Boris

12:03am Wed 1 Jan 14

___Red___ says...

LOLOOOL - I have 4 of these Parking eye "tickets". They threaten you, bully you & use scare tactics to make you pay a "fine" for a non legal binding contract you never accepted. My oldest ticket is 3 years old. Don't give an inch of notice to this - nothing will come of it. Google "parking eye scam". If you pay it or even contact them - more fool you.
LOLOOOL - I have 4 of these Parking eye "tickets". They threaten you, bully you & use scare tactics to make you pay a "fine" for a non legal binding contract you never accepted. My oldest ticket is 3 years old. Don't give an inch of notice to this - nothing will come of it. Google "parking eye scam". If you pay it or even contact them - more fool you. ___Red___

12:06am Wed 1 Jan 14

___Red___ says...

Route88 wrote:
When you park in these places with prominent notices containing the terms and conditions under which you park, your are entering a contract. If you chose not to read the notice, that is basically tough. The excess charge is recoverable through a civil court but whether or not the company will issue proceedings against you is another question. Some will and some won't. It is probably best to read the rules and obey them - it saves hassle.
They are not T&C's. It is a contract. If you haven't signed a contract regarding its terms, you are not held within its terms. FOOL, do your research before blindly posting ignorant views.
[quote][p][bold]Route88[/bold] wrote: When you park in these places with prominent notices containing the terms and conditions under which you park, your are entering a contract. If you chose not to read the notice, that is basically tough. The excess charge is recoverable through a civil court but whether or not the company will issue proceedings against you is another question. Some will and some won't. It is probably best to read the rules and obey them - it saves hassle.[/p][/quote]They are not T&C's. It is a contract. If you haven't signed a contract regarding its terms, you are not held within its terms. FOOL, do your research before blindly posting ignorant views. ___Red___

10:05am Wed 1 Jan 14

Bramble1979 says...

Hang on Gala bingo have a car park, if he works there can't she drop him off there?
Hang on Gala bingo have a car park, if he works there can't she drop him off there? Bramble1979

10:56am Wed 1 Jan 14

TonyLR2 says...

"Woman gets Parking Ticket (for using Aldi's car park when she is not an Aldi customer)"

Isn't there enough serious news in Clacton that needs covering without the Gazette wasting its time with this non-event?
"Woman gets Parking Ticket (for using Aldi's car park when she is not an Aldi customer)" Isn't there enough serious news in Clacton that needs covering without the Gazette wasting its time with this non-event? TonyLR2

12:52pm Wed 1 Jan 14

cbcresident says...

the mighty wah wrote:
As Friday woods says, don't pay it. They will pester you for it and make all sorts of threats but in the end the will give up. I have amassed hundreds of these fines over the years and have not paid one. Parking eye even gave me a fine for doing a u turn in a hotel car park once.
You sound like a delightful person, amassing hundreds of fines over the years, and not paying any. You must be dead proud of yourself!
[quote][p][bold]the mighty wah[/bold] wrote: As Friday woods says, don't pay it. They will pester you for it and make all sorts of threats but in the end the will give up. I have amassed hundreds of these fines over the years and have not paid one. Parking eye even gave me a fine for doing a u turn in a hotel car park once.[/p][/quote]You sound like a delightful person, amassing hundreds of fines over the years, and not paying any. You must be dead proud of yourself! cbcresident

1:26pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Biglad121 says...

Read the aldi and the range face book pages on parking eye they are not the best in the world and a lot have boycotted the range
Read the aldi and the range face book pages on parking eye they are not the best in the world and a lot have boycotted the range Biglad121

6:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

Not that I shop in Aldi, but isn't a supermarket car park for shoppers? We could all save some money parking in Aldi rather than parking in the NCP, but were then would we be!

What a mug shot! Pay up and don't do it again!
Not that I shop in Aldi, but isn't a supermarket car park for shoppers? We could all save some money parking in Aldi rather than parking in the NCP, but were then would we be! What a mug shot! Pay up and don't do it again! Suffolkcommuter

1:46pm Fri 3 Jan 14

mebluetopaz says...

Did you actually shop in Aldi on these occasions? and did you park in a space or did you just drop off?

If you parked up and didn't shop, then you shouldn't have been using Aldi's tiny car parks anyway. It's bad enough trying to find a parking space in Aldi when you're trying to do a weeks shopping, without people just parking up because its a free car park! It's even worse when people think that they've got a right to park in parent and child or disabled parking spaces when they've either not got a SMALL child with them or they aren't disabled!!

If you literally pulled up and dropped off, then don't pay....although you could have done that on the road side surely without going into the car park??
Did you actually shop in Aldi on these occasions? and did you park in a space or did you just drop off? If you parked up and didn't shop, then you shouldn't have been using Aldi's tiny car parks anyway. It's bad enough trying to find a parking space in Aldi when you're trying to do a weeks shopping, without people just parking up because its a free car park! It's even worse when people think that they've got a right to park in parent and child or disabled parking spaces when they've either not got a SMALL child with them or they aren't disabled!! If you literally pulled up and dropped off, then don't pay....although you could have done that on the road side surely without going into the car park?? mebluetopaz

11:07am Sat 4 Jan 14

No! I am Spartacus says...

mebluetopaz wrote:
Did you actually shop in Aldi on these occasions? and did you park in a space or did you just drop off?

If you parked up and didn't shop, then you shouldn't have been using Aldi's tiny car parks anyway. It's bad enough trying to find a parking space in Aldi when you're trying to do a weeks shopping, without people just parking up because its a free car park! It's even worse when people think that they've got a right to park in parent and child or disabled parking spaces when they've either not got a SMALL child with them or they aren't disabled!!

If you literally pulled up and dropped off, then don't pay....although you could have done that on the road side surely without going into the car park??
This with bells, whistles and a singing donkey :-)
[quote][p][bold]mebluetopaz[/bold] wrote: Did you actually shop in Aldi on these occasions? and did you park in a space or did you just drop off? If you parked up and didn't shop, then you shouldn't have been using Aldi's tiny car parks anyway. It's bad enough trying to find a parking space in Aldi when you're trying to do a weeks shopping, without people just parking up because its a free car park! It's even worse when people think that they've got a right to park in parent and child or disabled parking spaces when they've either not got a SMALL child with them or they aren't disabled!! If you literally pulled up and dropped off, then don't pay....although you could have done that on the road side surely without going into the car park??[/p][/quote]This with bells, whistles and a singing donkey :-) No! I am Spartacus

2:41pm Mon 6 Jan 14

the mighty wah says...

cbcresident wrote:
the mighty wah wrote:
As Friday woods says, don't pay it. They will pester you for it and make all sorts of threats but in the end the will give up. I have amassed hundreds of these fines over the years and have not paid one. Parking eye even gave me a fine for doing a u turn in a hotel car park once.
You sound like a delightful person, amassing hundreds of fines over the years, and not paying any. You must be dead proud of yourself!
I park in Aldi in the evening when I get back from work and leave before Aldi opens. Cant see what harm i'm doing.
[quote][p][bold]cbcresident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the mighty wah[/bold] wrote: As Friday woods says, don't pay it. They will pester you for it and make all sorts of threats but in the end the will give up. I have amassed hundreds of these fines over the years and have not paid one. Parking eye even gave me a fine for doing a u turn in a hotel car park once.[/p][/quote]You sound like a delightful person, amassing hundreds of fines over the years, and not paying any. You must be dead proud of yourself![/p][/quote]I park in Aldi in the evening when I get back from work and leave before Aldi opens. Cant see what harm i'm doing. the mighty wah

1:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Dobberry says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
For a start private companies cannot fine anyone although they are entitled to make a charge if motorists don't follow the clearly written conditions that should be there for all to read.

Secondly, if she wishes she can refuse to pay and defend her actions in court, and be prepared to defend her actions, that is if the company choose to pursue their claim (often they don't)

However, going to the press will not change things and she should have been aware in the first place, but if she didn't use Aldi and only parked there to drop off and pick up her son then she is at fault.
Throw it in the bin, its not enforceable, they hope the people fined dont realise that and pay up, you'll get a few letters from so called debt collectors, again throw them in the bin, no one can send debt collectors unless they have a court order and they will never take you to court, dont worry about it, they tend to give up after 4 -5 letters, the same goes for all private parking tickets, all supermarkets, hospitals etc, the only fines you need to pay are if they are from the police or council.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: For a start private companies cannot fine anyone although they are entitled to make a charge if motorists don't follow the clearly written conditions that should be there for all to read. Secondly, if she wishes she can refuse to pay and defend her actions in court, and be prepared to defend her actions, that is if the company choose to pursue their claim (often they don't) However, going to the press will not change things and she should have been aware in the first place, but if she didn't use Aldi and only parked there to drop off and pick up her son then she is at fault.[/p][/quote]Throw it in the bin, its not enforceable, they hope the people fined dont realise that and pay up, you'll get a few letters from so called debt collectors, again throw them in the bin, no one can send debt collectors unless they have a court order and they will never take you to court, dont worry about it, they tend to give up after 4 -5 letters, the same goes for all private parking tickets, all supermarkets, hospitals etc, the only fines you need to pay are if they are from the police or council. Dobberry

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