Swansea mum's fury at parking ticket for ATM dash
A MUM-OF-FOUR has been slapped with a parking fine after being caught in a torrential downpour.
Carly Hughes faces paying out the £70 fine, following her visit to Asda in Morriston last week.
Mrs Hughes, from Lon Ogwen in Birchgrove, was out with her four young children, and teenage sister last Thursday when she needed to withdraw some cash from her bank account.
After pulling into the store's car park, she found all the family parking bays were full. And because the heavens had opened, she pulled up into a disabled bay, and dashed to the ATM to collect her cash.
She said: "It was absolutely pouring with rain, and I had my four children with me in the car — one of them is a new-born baby.
"I pulled into the disabled bay because all the family bays were full.
"I left the lights on, and the keys were in the car, and I ran over to the cash point.
"I was only a couple of minutes, the amount of time it took me to run over, type in my details and get my money, and then run back, and I had a ticket.
"I spoke to the man who gave it to me, and he just said I shouldn't have been in a parking bay.
"He must have been waiting and seen exactly what I was doing.
"It was not as if I was going shopping and leaving my car in the disabled bay.
"I don't know why he had to stick to the rules like that?"
Mrs Hughes said she later contacted the store's deputy manager, but was told nothing could be done about the ticket.
A spokesman for Asda said: "We're very popular with families at our Swansea store and unfortunately that does mean that our Parent and Child parking bays can fill up quickly at peak times.
"We can reassure our customers that Asda takes parking space abuse very seriously and we monitor our car parks to try to prevent customers using the disabled and parent and child car parking spaces when they have no need for them.
"Customers that do bend the rules will be issued with a fine, with all proceeds going directly to Tommy's, the baby charity, and Motability, raising more than £44,000 for the charities since August 2011.
"In this case the customer chose to park in a disabled bay, meaning one of our disabled customers would be prevented from parking there.
"While we appreciate the customer may have been in a rush or didn't want to get wet, our priority is to make sure that accessible car parking spots are available for those that need them."