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FML - The follow-up

Today, I was issued with a £60 fine for being parked in a supermarket car-park for more than 3 hours. I work there. FML

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I will definitely be fighting it! There's no way I'll pay it. The reason I got the fine is because the car park management is outsourced to another company, and they've just switched to an automated system which identifies the registration number of the cars when entering and leaving. Whilst I have a little permit sticker on my windscreen - which has been fine for the past 2 years - the system doesn't see it. Needless to say I'll be going in to speak to someone today... And walking.
By mitchell904 / Wednesday 18 April 2012 23:51 / United Kingdom - Newport
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3, Nowhere does it say there was a tow, nowhere does it say the boss would have made such a call, nowhere does it say how close they are with their employer. FYL because you got busted, YDI for parking there. I had a similar situation in my old place of employment where the only employee parks were on the other side of the complex and there wasn't enough for all of us. It simply sucks because the place is set up as a money making machine and anything that doesn't directly make them money is ign

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Our local Morrisons has cameras that register your plates on the way in and out, if more than 2hrs passes between you get mailed a fine. Employees are supposed to register their plate number to avoid this from happening to them.. Wouldn't suprise me if this is what happened to OP.

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If it's a supermarket, you probably won't have to pay it. They send people invoices in the hopes that they'll mistake them for parking tickets and pay up. Do a little research on the subject but don't pay it until you do. My boyfriend received one for pulling into a supermarket car park to sleep a bit cause long-distance driving makes him tired and they issues him an invoice for £80. He's never paid it and they haven't persued it because they know they can't fine him for anything that would st

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One of those people that are obsessed with savings, coupons and getting a good deal. You know, the type that stare at products and compare them as if it was a life or death choice. Lol But then again, you can do that for so long before needing to get home and back to your life. :|

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Well actually supermarkets can sell more than groceries... They can sell Food, household items, entertainment, clothes and lots more... So for some people it'd be possible to stay 3 hours.

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I don't know where OP is from (using the app so I can't see), but over here we have this blue time indicator you have to put in your car window as soon as you park in certain places. You have to set the indicator to the moment you parked there. If 3 hours passed since then, any park guard / cop checking on it could give you a fine.

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It depends on what type of parking system OP has where he works. Most supermarkets in my city have parking inspectors from the council who walk around the parking lot to make sure nobody stays too long. They'll usually mark each car's tire with chalk, and if the car is still there and the chalk is still visible after a couple of hours, a parking ticket will be issued.

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First of all, I apologize for the douche baggery of that comment, I was half awake at 6:30 in the morning. Second, oh ok I am on the iPod touch and it shows where OP is from next to the username.

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There is sometimes a pay and display system, and parking officers or whatever they are check the times because you either pay for how long you're there for or there are time limits. Also there could be cameras to check.

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8- Then maybe the law should do a better job of catching murderers and thieves instead of being all like "Well, I'll be, that car has been hur fo three hours, definitely writing this infidel up."

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12- No. That's not what I was saying. What I was saying was that I don't think the po-po should be taking the time to go after the generally law-abiding citizens when it could be better spent actually solving the real problems in society. I'm no police officer, but that's just my take on how this BS generally goes down.

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15- As I said, different professions. People who hand out tickets to cars and cops are two different jobs. Some cops give out tickets for speeding and whatnot but for staying in a spot for too long? Nope, there's an actual profession for that.

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16- A professional spot-watcher? Lol that seems like one of those bitchy d-bags who never quite grew up and just wants a legal excuse to ruin to someone's day as an adult. the British thought of everything. :D Jokes, but anyways yah I guess I didn't understand that part. I apologize, but I still say my argument holds true for how these situations generally end up working out, in America at least.

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#16 i agree, there are different departments in law enforcement agencies for a reason, not every cop in uniform is out there to chase bad guys or to right tickets. The one that wrote OP that ticket was doing his job

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This was on private property, the police wouldn't give two shits how long you parked there. Any business like this has their own paid personnel go around and give tickets to people who park too long - and I highly doubt that falls on the shoulders of the police even in the US. 5, You clearly don't know how the world works. That ticket wouldn't get overturned and now you'd have to pay the court fees. Congrats.

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Coming from a cop; yes there are officers who WILL go out of their way and ticket someone parked in the same spot for too long in some law enforcement agencies. Most places have it posted that you can only be parked in an area for so long and do have people (private personal) go around and mark the tires of the vehicles in their lots. If that vehicle with the chalk mark is still there three hours, five hours later they will get a ticket. There are also meter maid that go around booting and ticke

Not all employers have parking spots designated for employees. Several supermarkets will have the closer parking spots for lazy customers. But OP shouldn't worry. He can dispute the fine and not worry about anything.

Buy a poster board. In big caps, write "I work at the supermarket." Put the poster board on your windshield. Watch for cops, wait with donuts in hand. Make a new friend. Day is better.

Around Christmas time, all the employees at the shopping centre where I work are banned from parking at the centre and are banished to the back alleys and old run-down car lots that look like they were built by Romans 2000 years ago. Apparently the centre management don't give a damn about us and only care about the customers. It really sticks in my craw. My boss is the only one who can park at the centre because management are completely shit-scared of him.

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19, Plenty of places work like that. It's not difficult to see why, it does however speak volumes about the sort of management you're dealing with. Get the fuck out of there.

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47- A craw is an expansion of the esophagus in most birds. When they eat, some of the food is stored in the craw to be digested later or puked up for chicks. I thought I'd be nice rather than say "Google it".

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No, 47, my boss is an inspiration. He's been sticking it to centre management for years but they won't kick him out because he turns such a profit and he's scary as hell. He's a brilliant man but he won't take shit from anyone. So by "he's the only one who can park there", I meant that management don't really like it, but there's nothing they're willing to do about it.

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