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Parking company fines pensioner £100 - EVEN THOUGH HE HAD A TICKET

PUBLISHED: 23:46 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:04 02 April 2015

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The ticket had fallen into the footwell of Michael Garrard's car

An appalled pensioner is being fined £100 by a parking company – despite having paid for a ticket.

Eighty-five-year-old Michael Garrard was parked outside the Odeon cinema in Beckenham High Street on February 26, and had bought a ticket and put it in his windscreen.

But it fell into the footwell of his car, and he found himself slapped with a £100 parking fine by the Dartford-based company which runs the car park.

“It could happen to anyone,” said softly-spoken Mr Garrard.

“I sent them proof – I sent them a photocopy of the ticket, with the Odeon sticker on the back. I had a retired Salvation Army officer as my witness – someone not exactly renowned for telling lies.”

The cinema owns the car park, but it is managed for them by parking company London Parking Solutions.

The company is owned by a couple called Keith and Michelle Dawson, but the man we spoke to did not give his name.

“The terms and conditions of the car park say the ticket must be displayed – and that’s down to the person whose car it is,” he said.

“It’s the same if you go into a council car park. How do you know he hasn’t picked someone else’s ticket up off the floor?”

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