Boston driver gets £70 Asda parking charge, but says he was in Mablethorpe
A BOSTON man says he has been deterred from using the town's Asda store after receiving a £70 parking charge.
Owen Brown, from Shaw Road, visited the store on two separate occasions on August 31, but a few weeks later, he received a letter from Town & City Parking Ltd accusing him of leaving his vehicle there all day, exceeding the free parking limit.
That day, he had taken his family on a day trip to Mablethorpe, calling at the store at 10.45am to buy items for a picnic.
After returning home, Mr Brown revisited the store to buy some additional items.
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He told the Target: "I wondered how I could prove this until I realised on that particular day I had taken my family out on a day trip to Mablethorpe and I had parked in the Seacroft Car Park which requires you to enter your car registration number.
"Fortunately I still had the parking ticket issued on August 31 at 12.32pm thus proving my car could not be parked in two places at the same time.
"How many Asda customers have not been as fortunate as myself and not had anything to prove that their vehicle had not been parked all day?
"It's deterred me from using the store. I can appreciate people do abuse it, but when I have done nothing wrong and receive a fine through the door, it's not on.
"I went to speak to a manager at the Asda store in Boston and they were basically not interested, even though they have a contract with Town & City Parking and should be held accountable for their incompetency as they are, in effect, their employers."
Town & City Parking Ltd, provided Mr Brown with photographs of him entering the store's car park at 10.44am and one exiting at 17.56.
Mr Brown added: "If they had photos of me entering the premises and exiting the premises then they should have had these on both occasions instead of using photos from two separate occasions and then trying to charge me £70 when I had done nothing wrong in the first place other than spend my hard-earned money in their store.
"I now have to prove to someone that I am an innocent victim when someone could either not do their job, or the photos were manipulated so that I incurred this charge of £70."
No one from Town & City Parking Ltd or Asda had responded to the Target's requests for a response on Mr Brown's case at the time we went to press.