A driver who stopped by a charity shop to drop off donations went on a trip that turned out to be expensive.
Rachel Woodward had parked outside the Salvation Army charity shop in Pall Mall in Chorley, Lancashire earlier this month.
She claims to have been only minutes away from her car.
But that was enough time for the park rangers to fine her while she did a good deed.
Rachel’s mother, Linda, had accompanied her daughter to drop off the items and stayed in the car.
Rachel told LancsLive, “I jumped in the car and said to my mum, ‘Oh my god!'” Then we saw the signs and I drove off quickly — it wasn’t even two minutes. I then pulled up on the sidewalk in front of the charity shop and unloaded my luggage.
“The charity shop manager said we should be perfectly fine since we were only there for two minutes.”
After dropping off her belongings, Rachel noticed that she had more items at home that she wanted to donate to the charity and asked if she could return.
Within an hour, Rachel was back at the Salvation Army, but this time she parked right in front of the store.
She continued, “As I left, I reversed back into the parking lot to get onto the main street.”
“Where I parked it was at a bus stop and also at a traffic light and I thought it was too dangerous to start manoeuvring.” “So I pulled back into the original parking lot, made a right and drove off. “
However, Rachel subsequently received a letter in the post from ES Parking Enforcement Ltd fined her £100 for leaving her vehicle in the car park – but she claimed she was there for 48 minutes and 54 seconds.
The mother understands the parking company registered her Kia Ceed’s arrival at the Elmwood Court car park at 1.07pm, but that didn’t stop her from leaving two minutes later.
Instead, it appears that the ES Parking Enforcement used Rachel’s 1:56 p.m. reversing as the time to leave the area, indicating that she had been there for almost an hour.
Rachel was “angry” about the mix-up.
She added, “I was in the parking lot for two minutes, stopped, unloaded, drove home and came back to my house with my mother — by the way, my mother is a witness and my car’s engine wasn’t even turned off.” .
“Most charity shops require you to ask if you can donate, so I walked in to see if that was the case and the lady said not to park there.”
“I ran back to my car, jumped in and drove straight away – it didn’t even take two minutes.” is.”
Rachel has appealed the fine to ES Parking Enforcement Ltd but has yet to receive a response from the company.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to ES Parking Enforcement Ltd for comment.
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