Met Police PCSO Curt Capell was horrified to return from having his haircut to discover a penalty charge notice slapped on his car’s windscreen in Oaklands Car Park, Bexleyheath. The 28-year-old, of Wessex Drive, Slade Green, said: "I told him it says free parking and showed him the sign.
"I asked the officer to cancel but he said I would have to contest it because ‘my boss has told me to do it and I’ll get sacked if I do’.
"Is this what the country is coming to?"Ooooh, jobsworths! Unable to listen to reason, going only 'by the book'. Bet you don't see a lot of that in your day job, eh?
Meanwhile, over in Sidcup chaos broke out in Main Road Car Park as two parking wardens slapped fines on unsuspecting motorists’ cars.
John Coleman arrived with his two sons around noon and said he was told by the attendant: "We know it’s free, but we want you to dispute the ticket directly with the council after we issue it and you will then not pay."
The 35-year-old, of Carlton Road, Welling, said this infuriated the crowds of people gathered next to the machine and that police officers arrived to ease tensions.Does that ever happen? Or does it just raise the overall temperature?
A Bexley Council spokeswoman said: “We sincerely apologise to the four motorists who received Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) in error on Good Friday and confirm that these have been cancelled to avoid further inconvenience for the affected motorists.
“We are in discussion with our contractor to prevent further similar instances from occurring in the future. ”Perhaps hiring smarter contractors would help?