A 90-year-old woman has been spared from two parking tickets she received within the space of just 15 minutes, thanks to the Echo.Yup, just partially obscured. She had one. It was on display. Just not 100% on display...
Yesterday, the Echo highlighted the plight of Irene Reynolds, who was given the fines after her disabled permit accidentally became partially obscured on two occasions.
Irene Reynolds found her car, parked near her home in Old Leigh High Street, had been given a ticket because she had accidentally left a glove covering part of her disabled permit.This should be a heartwarming story, shouldn't it? Little old lady fights off jobsworth bullies with the help of her local newspaper! Townsfolk rejoice!
Still seething about parking wardens’ meanness, she drove off to take a friend to Leigh Broadway, where she parked on Leigh Hill, near St Clement’s Church.
Her friend left her a Mars bar on the dashboard as a thank you present for the lift – and it covered part of her parking permit. The result: Another ticket.
Except...well, read for yourself:
gordonbennet, southend says...Ah. Right. Ok...
Frankly, I'm more concerned that a 90-year old 'in very poor health' and recovering from a broken leg is driving a car on busy roads around Leigh...
perini, Leigh on Sea says...I'm beginning to think that...
Shall we get this into perspective? The lady in question should or should not be driving - that really is a matter for her doctor to decide! The facts are that she didn't display her disabled badge properly and got 2 tickets for that - you can argue the semantics of whether they should have been given but she didn't totally comply with the rules.
An element of sensationalism has crept in to this as no way would she ever be imprisoned for non payment of the fines.
Ah! Wait! Sanity!
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Alekhine, Rochford says...Thank god for that. Sadly, he's/she's outnumbered:
LOL - so much for the rules are rules brigade. There are too many people who unquestioningly follow rules assuming wrongly that it is the law.
emcee, Southend says...Just wonderful...
OK people, listen up. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of getting a parking ticket, regardless of any evidence supporting it's rightful issue, just go to the Evening echo with your plight. They will get you off. No question. That is unless you are under 75 years old or completely able bodied...then you've got no chance (the echo won't even run with your story).
Irene Reynolds did get one thing right, Derek Kenyon and the council are downright cowards to have given in to this lady (and the Echo), especially as it is quite probable they had this lady bang to rights in the first place. I also think that the Echo are a disgrace for even supporting Irene Reynolds who, in my opinion, should grow up and act like a respectable 90 year old and not a spoiled schoolchild. Irene Reynolds needs to consider herself a very, very lucky lady today.
daveyboy25, southend says...*sigh* My faith in human nature needs restoring after reading that...
maybe i will not need a solliciter for my next crime, just use the echo seeing as they are so great. the old bat deserved the fines
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