I was fined £100 for parking 11 minutes too long – the 7ft signs were too HIGH to read, it's ridiculous | The Sun

A GRANDMA was fined £100 for parking 11 minutes too long after the 7ft signs were too high for her to read.

Patricia 'Tish' Wallinger was out shopping in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, with her friend last month when the fine was issued.

The 74-year-old, who has a number of health conditions that restrict her mobility, went to Cleveland Gate Retail Park where the parking is managed by G24 Parking Management Solutions.

The grandma-of-three is now refusing to pay for exceeding her stay by 11 minutes.

Tish, who is only 5ft 2ins, told TeesideLive the parking company uses "sneaky" tactics by having signs "7ft off the ground" in order to "entrap people."

Tish uses a mobility scooter to get around and said: "When I first went there, I was looking for a pay-as-you-park meter but didn't see any so I thought it was free.

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"But I didn't realise it was only free for two hours. It takes me about 10 minutes to get my scooter ready to go anywhere.

"I was out with my friend, Hazel, to do a bit of retail therapy. We wanted a couple of things.

"As we're both in our seventies, we go around slowly. Since covid started we don't go out very much.

"I use a small, folding electric mobility scooter which is kept in the trunk of my car.

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"I was surprised to receive [a letter] stating that I'd overstayed the parking limit of two hours by 11 minutes, demanding that I pay £100, almost £10 a minute. I don't have £100. I'm not paying it – I'm fed up.

"They stated that the parking notices are easy to see – they aren't, they are attached to poles approximately seven feet from the ground and I actually had to revisit the retail park to find them but I couldn't find the cameras.

"I'm 5ft 2inch, so my eye level isn't anywhere near that, and by the time I sit on my scooter, it is a lot less.

"I think the signs being situated well above the eye line is deliberate by the company to entrap people and ensure maximum fines."

Tish appealed against the fine but soon heard back it had been rejected and was told to pay or go to court.

She claims others have made complaints about the same car park and said the shops are going to lose business.

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"The shops on this site are losing business because of this, I'm one of them and will not be shopping there again," the grandma added.

The Sun has contacted G24 Parking Management Solutions for a comment.

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