Driver Outraged After Receiving Parking Ticket While Paying For Fuel

The price of filling your car up is enough of a rip off as it is, so can you imagine how you'd feel if you got a parking ticket while paying for it too?

That's exactly what happened to one outraged driver in Ilford, Essex, when he went to visit his local branch of Shell.

Erkan Ozpembe spent £40 on diesel at the Shell Garage last month, but when he went to use the cash machine on the forecourt he found that it was out of order. Instead, he decided to nip next door and use the ATM there instead.

On his swift return, there was nothing amiss, but the cafe owner was appalled when he received a parking ticket in the post a few weeks later.

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"I was only away for two or three minutes," Mr Ozpembe told the Ilford Recorder.

"I'd understand it if I had parked there all day but I was getting money out next door after their cash machine was not working."

Mr Ozpembe tried to appeal the ticket, attaching a copy of his fuel receipt, but has had no luck.

He also said that Shell claim to warn customers that they face being ticketed if they leave their vehicles on the premises unattended.

He added: "I want to warn other residents and motorists about what is going on.

"It is so unfair on the consumer and lots of people could find themselves in the same situation as me."

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However, Shell has confirmed that it does not run the petrol station and that instead it is looked after by St Albans-based Motor Fuel Group (MFG).

An MFG spokeswoman said: "We operate over 370 filling stations across the UK and some of our locations are situated in built-up areas whereby parking requirements warrant monitoring.

"MFG as a responsible business has developed a partnership with a number of parking management companies.

"We believe their procedures are compliant with the industry code of conduct and in this case regretfully we do not acknowledge this claim."

Mr Ozpembe has now vowed never to use the petrol station again.

However, not all parking tickets are as undeserved as this one.

Yesterday, the driver of a Lamborghini worth more than £250,000 was slapped with a ticket for parking in a disabled section and taking up two bays, reports the Bristol Post.

It must've felt good to be the attendant to dish that one out.

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