A ‘skint’ driver who left a Post-it note on the windscreen pleading not to be fined returned to his car to discover a parking ticket slapped on top of the “heartfelt” message.
Jay Bentham, from Liverpool, was attending a work meeting last week when he says the parking app on his phone failed and he wasn’t carrying any coins “because it’s the year 2021”.
In desperation, the 26-year-old wrote note reading: ‘Phone and Pay App not working. Please don’t give me a ticket, I’m proper skint’, and placed it in the window in the hope of appealing to a sympathetic parking warden.
The drinks company rep had been furloughed last year and has recently returned to work so says he was short of cash – but when he got back to the car he found an envelope with a ‘Penalty charge notice enclosed’ stuck to the windscreen.
To make matters worse, the fine overlapped the note Jay had left, making it impossible for the council worker not to have seen his heartfelt plea.
Jay was able to laugh at his own failed attempt to escape a fine, sharing comparison photos of what he left and what he came back to on Twitter with the caption: ‘How it started. How it’s going.’
He said: “I was heading to a work meeting and went to use the phone and pay app but it said there was an error.
“I don’t carry any cash or coins because it’s the year 2021 and genuinely have not needed any with being stuck in the house for a year.
“My meeting was nearing and I just thought I’d write a polite note and see how I got on. When I got it I just thought ‘you heartless b’.
“To begin with I was a bit like this is typical of my luck to be honest, but then I saw the funny side of him just plastering it on top of the note.
“Literally slapped it on my heartfelt note. You would just like to see a bit more empathy and discretion from these people.
“Not everyone can afford to pay these fines, luckily I just about can.”
Jay’s tweet racked up more than 30,000 likes, as one person replied to say: “Bet he/she was laughing their head off putting that ticket on.”
And another suggested: “Contact the local authority, explain that you were unable to pay because of their lack of maintenance of the app and provide them with photos.
“It’s on the authority to make it fair and easy to pay for parking, otherwise you can claim unreasonable infraction.”