Motorist gets revenge on 'selfish' drivers using parent-and-child parking spots
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One motorist got their revenge on 'selfish' drivers using parent-and-child parking spots.
The driver, Amy Fenton, took it upon herself to exact her own form of justice against fellow drivers who were naughtily nicking the parking spots reserved for parents and children only.
The mum first noticed the issue after the birth of her daughter, Abigail, when she realised just how taxing trips to the supermarket became because she could never find a place in the section quite literally designated for people like her.
Amy found that a load of 'single, seemingly healthy young adults' were wrongly taking up the spots reserved for parents.
"I remember one day, after a particularly dreadful sleepless night, I made my daily trip to Morrisons," she wrote in Lancashire Live.
According to the mum, there were 'no parent-and-child spaces left' - surprise, surprise.
She continued: "So, I parked elsewhere and slowly made my way to the store with Abigail's car seat banging against my constantly bruised shins."
It was at this point it all took a turn for the worse.
"A youngish bloke in a BMW was returning to his car with a sandwich and a can of pop," she recalled. "He'd parked in a parent-and-child spot and I just lost it."
Clearly beyond vexed by the whole ordeal, she went on: "I swore that many times I got more disapproving looks than anyone could get in a lifetime of wrongly parking in parent and child spaces."
The mum added: "My daughter is now eight (and, thank heavens, finally semi-independent) and even then I sometimes feel slightly fraudulent to park in a parent-and-child space."
Such parent and child bays are reserved for parents or guardians with one or more children under 12 years old and are commonly found closer to the entrance of the shop or building the car park is attached to.
This effectively makes for less of a hassle for parents carrying young children alongside their shopping across a massive car park.
While it's not actually illegal to park in a parent and child bay if you don’t have a child under 12 with you, drivers could still be hit with a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).
Fenton said: "So how on earth a parent of a 17-year-old has the brass neck to use one of the premium spaces is beyond me."
Well, it's not just peeved-off parents dodgy drivers like that have to be mindful of as anyone found to be using the parking spaces without kids in the car can be fined up to a whopping £100.