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Parking wardens must have a hard life. After all, almost all motorists have got something against them, even though they're just doing their job.
That dislike goes way beyond quiet mutterings too - if wardens aren't being brutally attacked by idiot drivers, they're dealing with people who refuse to move their cars or leave them parked it in ridiculous ways.
However, sometimes the criticism of them is completely justified. This is the story of one such case.
A 'ruthless' parking warden gave a ticket to a funeral car and then ran away - while the driver was helping to load a body into a hearse.
Yes, you read that right.
The incident took place at North Cumbria University Hospital in Carlisle and was captured in a series of photographs by HGV driver George Portsmouth.
He says that the car park officer waited until both the driver of the hearse and the funeral car had moved away from their vehicles and entered the hospital building before going about his business.
George claims the warden then scarpered after completing his mission so that nobody could debate the issue with him.
The UK Parking Control (UKPC) officer left a bright yellow ticket on the front of the car and took a picture of the registration plate before making his escape.
George said: "It was obvious what that car was there for.
"I saw the warden was watching what they were doing and the second they went inside he rushed and put the ticket on the cortege car and ran off.
"He wasn't walking, he was running. He's seen them come in and waited until they were out of sight before he ticketed them.
"He must have known what they were doing.
"Some of these car parking wardens can be quite ruthless and careless. It was bad form."
George also said that once the two men returned to their vehicles a few minutes later they found the ticket and looked around in disbelief to find the culprit - however, the warden had shuffled swiftly away by that point.
Fortunately, the NHS trust responsible for the hospital brought the case to UKPC and told them that they should investigate the ticket. The parking company, to their credit, didn't force the man driving the funeral car to cough up.
A spokesperson for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said: "As soon as we were alerted to this situation we asked UKPC to investigate and the parking charge was quickly rescinded as a result."
Some people, eh?
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