Thursday, 20 February 2014

Fines & Scummy Baths

I received a parking fine yesterday. It was from the " 3 hours only" retail park who informed me that I had parked the Berlingo in their Prestatyn car park for over five hours back on the 11th of February.
I had to laugh ( eventually) as they demanded that they get £ 85 quid off me ( well only 50£ if I am sweet enough to pay immediately)  even though I only drove through the car park after dropping Chris off at the station at 6.55am and a couple of hours later I was driving the Berlingo five miles away dropping Meg off for her haircut.
I am not bothered by the letter, but I was irritated by it.
The company involved ( Parking Eye - car park management) states that I can only appeal in writing ( if there was an accompanying telephone number someone would have got a rather large flea  in their ear)....
I hate this petty and moneymaking " officialdom" and
It galls me that these bullying letters may frighten the less assertive into paying fines........
Bastards!
Anyhow, I will lighten the mood with this photo


It's George in the bath!
He always looks ashamed

All four dogs are getting the bath treatment today

Including Winnie
How the hell am I going to get her fat arse in the tub?
Wish me luck


36 comments:

  1. We got clobbered by the same thing after parking in Llandudno a few weeks ago, but on checking what we were doing at the time we had to admit that we were there for over the permitted 2 hours in that car park and we paid up the £50 through gritted teeth . We now park in the next car park along if we are going on long doggy walks combined with shopping as you ARE allowed 3 hours in there. We wondered why one car park was always fuller than the other!!

    Watch your back lifting the lovely Winnie in the bath, I think I would have started with her and worked downwards to the lighter dogs.

    Our Rosy has had three baths this week up to now ... oh the joys of having a Jack Russell that has discovered a rabbit warren that she can fit down into :-(

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  2. Oh grrrr! What planet are these people on? You weren't even there! Go get em! and I hope that nursing experience means your back survived putting Winnie in the bath! :)

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  3. Luck.....you'll need it I suspect

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  4. Don't pay them. They will have to take you to court to extract that from you, and the court they will choose will be far away from Prestatyn. Make sure that they take you to a nearer court, otherwise the court just rubber-stamps the bailiff's plea and then it becomes legal theft.

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  5. It's hard to find anywhere in Derbyshire to park for free these days.
    Roadsides are congested with parked cars to avoid the parking fees in the official car parks, making it awkward and sometimes dangerous to get through the villages.
    If you're in the right, fight them. It's your word against someone who wasn't doing their job properly, but good luck!

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  6. OMB, this happens every single day in philadelphia (and the fines are just as steep)! and it's your word against theirs, so fight it!

    poop puppies; georgie looks so sad.

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  7. Does George look guilty because he's just peed in the bath water?

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  8. There are numerous threads about Parking Eye on the MSE forum, this is one of them

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4880174

    Put Parking Eye into the search and you will come up with lots more. They can't legally fine you. Fight it, stuff them.

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  9. Yep what MQ said - fight it. We had similar in Hereford and won.

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  10. Dogs are self cleaning. Just let them be. That's what George is telling you!

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  11. George looks super sad! And has far as the fines, it's yet another way for the powers-that-be to be crooked.

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  12. i hope we get a pic of winnie in the tub!

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  13. Parking Eye, what a creepy name.

    It looks like George has accepted his fate, and is just thinking how he will get you back when he gets out of the tub. Prepare for a big shake off.

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  14. I would be livid about the parking fee - probably as upset as a wet bulldog in a tub.

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  15. Don.t give em a dime! How do they think they can get away with it? Take a Winnie bath time photo....can't get enough of her!

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  16. You need one of those bath slings they have for the disabled to hoist her in.

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  17. aw look at the lovely George. He is so adorable.

    Parking is a problem all over.

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  18. Doleful dirty dog.

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  19. One of the advantages of having a foreign number plate, is that I NEVER pay parking fines (not that I visit the UK that often).

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  20. Poor George. I once received a letter from a collection agency stating that I had gotten a ticket in another city and I'd better pay it at once. Don't remember how much it was. I wrote them a letter using a lot of legalese and demanding proof, including photographs, that I had been there. I never heard from them again.

    Love,
    Janie

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  21. No bath for Albert,then?
    Jane x

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  22. I agree with Jane ask to see their photographic, dated and timed evidence and also ask where they've got your name address from - data protection and all that xxx

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  23. For completion's sake (having also seen Winnie's pic on your following post) I think we ought to see one of YOU in the bath - full length, please. If you're too embarrassed you can always wear a mask.

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  24. I know a good lawyer if you need one. ;)

    The only thing worse than a dog in a bath is a cat in a bath.

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  25. My Scotty Watson looks like that too at bath time. He is such a dignified old man.
    Love the booboo photo of George.

    cheers, parsnip

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  26. Don't talk to me about parking fines, John.

    A few years ago, turning into the road where I actually lived, I was nauseous, sick to the bottom of my stomach. Reason for which unimportant. Slammed car in nearest available spot, shot into house, located toilet, threw up. Then I cleaned myself. As one does.

    Ten minutes later re-emerging in quest of reparking the car I find myself with a parking fine. TEN FUCKING minutes. In no one's way. Outside the local undertaker. Anyway, one court hearing and £250 fine later - reduced by several hundred pounds, lucky me, such are my powers of persuasion - I swear that if it's the last job in the world going (traffic warden) I'd rather starve.

    U

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  27. John,
    Pay nothing, do not contact them. It is not a parking ticket. Please look on money saving expert about these. They are not enforceable. I get them sometimes when have been bad. They send a couple and give up. Straight into the wood burner. Do not pay!

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  28. Who was last in and got the dirtiest water?

    We have the same private parking organisations and the charges are enforced by bluff. Frugal above is quite correct, I believe.

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  29. George looks more like he's saying "Why do you always do this to me?"
    Hehe.
    I hope you didn't hurt your back trying to wash Winnie. ;-)

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  30. Delores has the right idea for hoisting Winnie into the tub - using a sling or lift for the disabled. Surely you can borrow one from work :)

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  31. Best of luck on both fronts!

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  32. Technically, they have to prove you were the driver. You can deny you were driving and don't have to tell them who was...good luck with the dog wash...

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  33. Poor George doesn't look very happy.

    I have to admit, I've actually paid unjustified charges just to not be bothered with the trouble. So frustrating.

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  34. I got a fine for going into the bus lane for about 30 seconds to make way for an ambulance that was blue lighting it's way to the hospital. When I explained this to the company I was told "Tough Luck!" even though you couId actually see the ambulance in the photo. I refused pay the fine and told them I would be happy to go to court and explain the matter to the judge and then they could stump up for the court costs at which point the reconsidered :D

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  35. That pic lightened up my mood.

    But... $85! Bastards!

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