A fast food lover was fined £50 for parking at his local McDonald’s too long as he tucked into a meal.
The unnamed man enjoyed an extended stay of two hours at the branch in Coalville, Leicestershire, which saw him order extra drinks.
However he was then slapped with a bill for breaching parking restrictions, reports LeicestershireLive.
Posting on Facebook group Spotted Whitwick, he said: “So annoyed just had a fine for parking at McDonald’s for nearly 2 hours, we was there all that time eating and extra drinks have now got a fine.
“Anyone else had this?”
Many McDonald’s stores have a time restriction on parking, which is usually between 90 minutes to two hours – but the parking is operated by a private company.
The store in question has a 90 minute parking restriction.
It is to prevent people parking there for several hours to go shopping nearby or for the likes of minicab drivers using it as waiting bays between fares.
Some commenters offered support to the customer, giving them advice, including one person who said: “Appeal it will probably get cancelled.”
Another wrote: “Go in and speak to McDonald’s, they might be able to cancel it if you can prove you were in there the whole time! Worth a try.”
A third said: “Call and ask to speak to a manager, they can have the fine cancelled at their discretion (I’m a previous employee).”
Meanwhile some were quick to laugh at the poster’s misfortune, asking how they managed to spend such a long time at the restaurant.
One joked: “2 hours??!! Did you slip into a coma?”, while another added: “Not so fast food. Still if you do order the slow cooked mcpork burger you only have yourself to blame.”
A third said: “Two hours in a McDonald’s? What did you order? There are signs all over the place about parking limits.”
Another asked bluntly: “What the hell did you order?”
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “We have parking restrictions in place at a number of our restaurants, with a time limit to ensure there is adequate parking for all of our customers.
“At this restaurant the time limit is 90 minutes and we make this clear to our customers with signage in the car park.
“If a customer feels they have been wrongly ticketed, we would encourage them to get in touch with the third party contractor who issued the ticket by way of appeal.”