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    Disabled couple get a fine threat from UK Supermarket for 'taking too long to shop'



    Couple are too slow for Tesco

    By JOHN COLES

    A DISABLED couple have been ticked-off by Tesco for shopping too SLOWLY.

    Wheelchair-bound Roland Hodgson, 80, and wife Pauline, 75, were taken to the superstore by their daughter. Between them they spent more than £300. Their four-hour visit included trying on clothes, discussing buying a TV and eating in the cafe.

    Store ... couple broke 3-hour limit

    Days later they received a letter from the branch in Trowbridge, Wilts, saying there was a three-hour limit in the disabled car park spaces and warning they faced a £100 fine if they overstayed again.
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...icle531363.ece

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    Perhaps if they would have eaten at home, then wouldn't have gone over the three hour time limit. The law is the law.

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    I get what you're saying Jake but the threat of the fine was a bit steep and besides, a trip to the store is usually the highlight of elderly people's lives. This invariably always includes a trip to the in-store cafe for a sticky bun and a pot of tea! There are probably other ways to tackle this 'problem'.

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    Why would there be a time limit on parking in a parking lot? Seems kind of silly to me-IMO. Maybe they can shop somewhere else that will treat them with more respect.

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    I'd vote with my pocketbook on that one, for sure, find a new place to shop and eat. Since they DID pay for their lunch!

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    there was a three-hour limit in the disabled car park spaces
    Is this an actual law or just some regulation that this store has? Do they have a time limit on ALL the car spaces or just the ones designated for disabled people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    Is this an actual law or just some regulation that this store has? Do they have a time limit on ALL the car spaces or just the ones designated for disabled people?

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    A shop car park is private land so the shop is powerless to enforce the £100 fine.

    Their only recourse in the event of a shopper overstaying the three hour limit would be to call the police and have them arrested for trespass which the police in this case would refuse to do.

    The Sun newspaper is our equivalent of your National Enquirer and this is another of their non stories, as the shop said the letter is sent as a "gentle reminder", presumably to all owners of offending vehicles, their addresses acquired from the registration plates.

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    Who is the poor bastard that has to log these times to determine who overstays?





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    Quote Originally Posted by Timaru
    A shop car park is private land so the shop is powerless to enforce the £100 fine.

    Their only recourse in the event of a shopper overstaying the three hour limit would be to call the police and have them arrested for trespass which the police in this case would refuse to do.

    The Sun newspaper is our equivalent of your National Enquirer and this is another of their non stories, as the shop said the letter is sent as a "gentle reminder", presumably to all owners of offending vehicles, their addresses acquired from the registration plates.
    A "gentle reminder" gentle reminder; or in the form of a message saying they'ed be fined next time they overstayed their welcome? How much of a "non story" is this non story?
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