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It was Peter Kay who famously questioned just how broad the
definition of "parent and child" should be taken when searching for a
parking space at the supermarket.
One Cheshire motor fan has now put the Kay theory to the test by parking in a parent and child spot - even though he doesn't have a kid. Suffice to say, it isn't going down well with the locals at his branch of Sainsbury's in Nantwich.
In fact, one local nan twitched so much that she felt compelled to leave him a note on his windshield, if 51-year-old Andrew is to be believed.
He blamed a nasty note left on his Chrysler Grand Voyager as the work of "old grannies" who can't drive.
The note is lovingly spelt out on colourful notepaper, but thereafter becomes a lot more indignant in tone.
"It's a Parent AND Child SPACE!!! PLEASE DON'T BE SO IGNORANT!" reads the angry message.
Andrew is having none of it, however. "People who drive there in the day time are 90 years old," said the father of none.
"One of my friend's car got absolutely smashed from leaving it in the Sainsbury's car park. I know for a fact if you leave a car there it's going to have lots and lots of dints.
"I've got a huge car and I'm not parking in this bay. I will just park where I want. It wouldn't stop me from doing it in the future. Some spaces are hard to get into. I might have wound a lot of people up but I don't care."
Saino's was unequivocal. A spokesperson for the supermarket said: "We monitor our parent and child spaces to make sure they're not misused.
"If customers without children are found to be using one of these spaces, they will, in the first instance, be asked to move. If they refuse, they will be issued with a Parking Charge Notice."
Perhaps if Andrew got one of those, he'd remember the good old days when it was pensioners, rather than parking wardens, who left him notes.
"What annoyed me was that they've gone out of their way to leave me a note and they haven't got the nerve to come up to me and say it to my face. It is just ridiculous. How petty is that?" he asked.
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