A CRUEL parking warden waited in the pouring rain for 20 minutes to slap a ticket on a car the second the driver was late, it is claimed.
The jobsworth council worker is said to have lurked in an almost empty car park on a rainy Sunday to dish out the fine in Grimsby, Lincs.
One furious motorist watch the entire saga unfold outside the town’s Fishing Heritage Centre last weekend.
The bemused witness told how North East Lincolnshire Council parking “watched and waited” to pounce last Sunday at 12.30pm.
The unfortunate recipient of the ticket had parked up outside the centre with a boy, braving the miserable weather for a visit.
It’s understood the visitors bought a pay-and-display parking ticket and made their way into the heritage attraction at Alexandra Dock.
But when they returned to their car, they found a parking ticket fixed to their windscreen.
The man who watched the incident hit out: “I saw a man and boy walk into the Fishing Heritage Centre.
“It was a wet and windy day on Sunday, and they’d clearly planned an indoor activity together.
“I watched them pay-and-display and walk into the Fishing Heritage Centre.
I also watched a parking warden wait outside in the rain and cold for 20 minutes just to give them a ticket. He was clearly watching and waiting to strike. It was as if he’d waited for one second past their ticket time to issue a ticket – disgusting.
“I also watched a parking warden wait outside in the rain and cold for 20 minutes just to give them a ticket.
“There was only one or two other cars parked up. It was an almost empty car park. He was clearly watching and waiting to strike.
“It was as if he’d waited for one second past their ticket time to issue a ticket – disgusting.”
Fines for overstaying your welcome in the car park can cost between £50 and £70.
The motorist added: “If you can’t park in an almost empty car park for free on a Sunday when it’s chucking it down with rain, what’s the point of coming into Grimsby to go around one of its only attractions?
“Why can’t the council develop a free-for-two-hours policy or make parking free on a Sunday like they have in North Lincolnshire?
“It would be especially useful in this car park because you’d probably end up with more people coming into town and the Fishing Heritage Centre. They could trial it over Christmas.”
A spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said the council's "need to generate revenues" was a key driver of council policy.
The council statement said: “We always appreciate peoples’ views on such things as parking and are constantly reviewing and looking at the best options to increase footfall to our town centre and the facilities we provide.
“However, we must also balance those decisions out with the need to generate revenues, which is vital if we are to maintain and improve what we have to offer across the whole of North East Lincolnshire.”
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