A scrooge traffic warden slapped drivers with Boxing Day parking fines after a loophole meant it was not a Bank Holiday.
Bolton car owners were enjoying their festive break when they found out they had been ordered to pay £70 for breaking parking regulations.
A stretch of road along Ashworth Lane has restrictions against parking 7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, apart from Bank Holidays, The Sun reported.
So snoozing sleepers were having a lie in on Saturday believing that they had parked safely as Boxing Day is traditionally a public holiday.
But a Grinch warden was quick to issue £70 noises on a row of cars – within half an hour of restrictions starting.
Neighbours began alerting each other on WhatsApp – but ten were too late and found themselves with an extra expense this Christmas.
One local councillor has now fumed that the tickets should be scrapped.
Cllr Hilary Fairclough told The Sun: “This was incredibly mean-spirited. It’s a shocking and indefensible move.
“What appears to be one of the issues is that the parking attendant said it was not a bank holiday. That may be true but it was Boxing Day and unfair.”
Bizarre reason why the day after Christmas Day is called Boxing Day
The councillor said that restrictions are usually welcome, especially to deal with busy school run traffic.
But she has now written to the Council’s parking team urging for common sense to prevail.
She said: "It has been such a dreadful year for people and, to top the lot, they now get issued with a parking ticket.”
Boxing Day would usually be a bank holiday, but as it fell on a Saturday this year, usual on street parking rules apply.
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