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Driver Rejects Parking Ticket Fine Because He Was At Church

Driver Rejects Parking Ticket Fine Because He Was At Church

What would Jesus do if he was slapped with a parking ticket? Most likely pay the fine and feed a few thousand hungry mouths while he was at it.

Clearly driver David Addison doesn't agree, as he claims he shouldn't have to pay for a parking ticket he received while attending church.

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David Addison feels he shouldn't have to pay his parking fine. Credit: Manchester Evening News
David Addison feels he shouldn't have to pay his parking fine. Credit: Manchester Evening News

The 50-year-old was given a £35 penalty while stationed outside St Ann's Church in Manchester city centre on 9 June.

Having travelled down from Blackburn, David's pal told him he'd be fine to park there - despite signs explaining the spaces were only for permit holders.

Although David was ready for a morning of singing, praying and spiritual vibes, when he went for a quick pee at a nearby McDonald's, he returned to find his car had been slapped with a ticket.

To rub salt in the wound, as a result of the incident, the church-goer only caught the last 15 minutes of that morning's mass.

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To be fair, £35 - it could be worse. But David's having none of it, and reckons he shouldn't have to pay the fine as he was attending a place of worship.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "I appealed to the council. They said the signs are adequate and said we are not going to let you off.

"I replied to the letter. I called them a faithless council, which they are.

"I have to pay £35 in the next 14 days. They are very robotic in their responses.

"I didn't park to go shopping, it was right outside the church. They were wrong to give it to someone parked outside a church."

Credit: Manchester Evening News
Credit: Manchester Evening News

In response to David's appeal, a spokesperson for Manchester City Council said: "The parking bay Mr Addison used is not intended for general use, but is reserved for vehicles which require essential access for events at the church - for example, hearses which are attending funerals, or bridal cars.

"Permits allowing the use of these bays are issued by the church at their discretion, however, Mr Addison was not displaying such a permit and was ticketed.

"We have advised Mr Addison of his right to appeal and are awaiting further contact from him at this stage."

Looks like David may just have to accept that this is all part of God's plan.

Featured Image Credit: Manchester Evening News

Topics: church, Parking ticket, Driver, parking fine

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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