Woman says she’d rather be forced to do community service than pay a ‘ridiculous’ parking fine issued over a year ago when she was penalized for paying a ticket for the whole day.
Julie Buccieri, 63, parked at Swanpool Beach car park in Falmouth to go surfing in March 2020 but her ticket was blown through the windshield in a gust of wind. She was fined £ 80.
To this day, the assistant, who lives in Camborne, still has the ticket proving that she paid for parking all day, after he fell at the foot of the car.
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Julie says the company responsible for her management, Armtrac Security Services, has been “harassing” her and threatening legal action for over a year – but adds that she will never pay him.
“It was boring from the start because it was a parking lot I had been going for years,” she said. “Back then it was £ 3 to park all day which was fantastic value for me.
“But that day I bought my ticket as usual and when I got back from the water it was a wide wind and my car has these rear windows that open outwards and the wind blew into the car and managed to push it out of the windshield.
“I could see it was fine in the foot just behind the driver’s seat and I had the little yellow parking notice. But, I thought it would be nice. I had my ticket and there was had no doubts here, I thought. “
But 18 months later, the company is still threatening to take legal action because it refuses to pay the fine even with proof that it did indeed have a ticket that day.
“They basically refused my call because it was not visible and said what had happened was not an excuse and it continued from there,” she said.
“But I’m not paying for something I didn’t do. I did everything right and as far as I’m concerned, it’s not my fault that the wind blew it away, “she continued.
“As I tell this story to my friends, they all say similar things happened to them and you don’t expect the company to dispute that if you have your ticket. “
Although she followed all complaint processes and wrote to an ombudsman, her case was not rejected.
“I could literally line a wall in my house with the number of things they keep posting to me saying ‘it’s approaching now’ and ‘you’re going to be summoned.’
“It’s like bullying. It’s just trying to break you. I would go do community service, I feel that strongly about it. I’m fed up and it’s not just me going through this.
“These are a lot of people with legitimate reasons who paid but are still being sued. Parking companies are real bullies.
“My parking fine is really a specification in the ocean and it shouldn’t take so much time, money and paperwork. Honestly, what a waste of time.
What started as an £ 80 fine for Julie could have been reduced to £ 40 if she was paid within fourteen days and is now around £ 260 after undergoing an addition.
But she is still adamant that she will never pay him.
“I’ve told them thousands of times now that I haven’t done anything wrong,” she said. “I haven’t received a letter for a while now, so it looks like they might be fed up and decided not to bully me anymore.
“I just don’t know why they have to be so unreasonable about it and I have this devil in me now that I think ‘you know what I didn’t do anything wrong and I don’t care you know what Again’.
“They can do whatever they want. I don’t care, and if they go that far, they should be ashamed. I’d better sweep the streets as part of a community service than pay this fine. “.
Armtrac has been approached for comment.
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