To be really pissed off at this parking attendant

(50 Posts)
DrinkFromMyFountain Fri 30-Aug-13 17:33:14

I parked in a private car park before and was stood at the pay machine ready to buy my ticket, there was a man in an unmarked hi vis vest sort of loitering around but I assumed he was doing building works so took no notice. Another man shouted me over from his car window and gave me his used parking ticket which didn't expire until midnight, for which I was very grateful! I took the ticket, checked that there was no reg plate on it and put it on my windscreen. The hi vis vest man was sort of looking at me at this point, so I smiled, made eye contact and continued sticking the ticket on.

I got out of the car and proceeded to walk out of the car park and as I was almost at the gates the hi vis vest man came running up to me and shouted "the tickets are non transferable you know" I apologised and said I didn't know and it was the first time I'd parked there (it was and tbf there wasn't a sign anywhere saying the tickets weren't transferable).

He then gave me a lecture very smugly about how he "should give me a ticket" and how I "thought I'd got away with it" in an extremely patronising tone, basically making out like I was trying to con him out of money. This royally pissed me off considering he physically saw the whole fucking thing and could have mentioned it any time! I duly apologised and paid. He then said he'd have let me park for a pound if I'd owned up.

I know it's trivial, but AIBU to be seriously pissed off this man has made out I've tried to do him over?

I wish I'd told him to give me the fucking ticket.

LeaveTheBastid Fri 30-Aug-13 17:36:35

He didn't mention it beforehand because he knew he bloke who gave you the ticket would have probably told him to piss off.

I'd have also said "and your parking tickets aren't enforceable, you fucking jobsworth." If he had said anything to me after watching the whole thing.

KissMeHardy Fri 30-Aug-13 17:37:17

It says 'non transferable' on the ticket and machine. YWBU.

spongebob13 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:37:27

did you hand him over the money or buy a new ticket? whether he is right or not I would be going to the office in the car park and asking is it normal procedure for their attendants to offer tickets for "a pound?". he was an arse though. I have often given and accepted tickets.

DrinkFromMyFountain Fri 30-Aug-13 17:39:01

No it didn't say "non transferable" on the ticket machine, I said that in my post confused

DrinkFromMyFountain Fri 30-Aug-13 17:39:36

I gave him the money, there wasn't an office in the car park sadly.

spongebob13 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:41:59

the fecker pocketed it!! I would be finding out who is his employer tbh. little shit no wonder he waited til the other guy left.

DrinkFromMyFountain Fri 30-Aug-13 17:44:11

I never thought he might have pocketed it!! Would it be really mean of me to find out the number of the people who own the car park and snitch on him?

Fairyliz Fri 30-Aug-13 17:44:20

So you gave him a pound and kept the mans ticket, you didn't get a new one?

Sounds like he has a little scam on to me. If you were really annoyed I would report him.

spongebob13 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:46:23

depends how much it bugs ye tbh. but he has a scam going. I cant imagine its a big earner though as he has to see someone transferring a ticket.

spongebob13 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:47:13

no she paid full price ticket. he said he would have taken a pound. that's when alarm bells went off for me.

ClaireCharlie Fri 30-Aug-13 17:48:29

To be fair thought it's common sense that tickets are non transferable otherwise there is a business losing out. You knew it was non transferable.

You said you smiled at him when you got the ticket. Perhaps in his mind that was you patronising him hence his attitude towards you.

I doubt it's a scam but if it is so what? You paid £1 for a days parking. It costs me £2 to park for just an hour.

thistlelicker Fri 30-Aug-13 17:51:38

R u sure he's a parking attendant and not somebody who takes not ready to expire tickets and sells them on cheap!! Men like these are rife in Manchester

thistlelicker Fri 30-Aug-13 17:52:19

He's a profiteer!!!

pianodoodle Fri 30-Aug-13 17:52:46

Sounds more like you had to pay him as a bribe not to give you a parking ticket. Would be different if you'd bought a new ticket from the machine/office!

spongebob13 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:53:12

ClaireCharlie she didn't pay just a pound. read the OP please.

Bowlersarm Fri 30-Aug-13 17:56:50

I always do this, give my ticket away that is, or accept one if offered it. So I'm on your side.

I think your mistake was - so I smiled, made eye contact, and continued sticking the ticket on - he probably thought you were totally taking the piss and sticking invisible two fingers up at him!

ClaireCharlie Fri 30-Aug-13 17:57:02


My point still stands spondebob13

ivykaty44 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:57:42

he couldnt' give you a parking ticket as you would have sent the ticket stub in and said look I had a ticket.

As the other poster aid he waited until you were on your own before saying anything, the man would have told him to piss off.

The car bashed all the time, tax, tax and more tax - pay to park pay for petrol pay vat on petrol pay tax on top of the vat on petrol and then pay for emissions each year and then MOT and then for your licence. Insurance which is a rip of as well.

it is a rip off

business lose out due to paid parking all the time.

it was pleasant in france with so much free parking everywhere, even camper vans are encouraged to park in towns for free and given free electric so they eat in the town and spend money

rant over grin form a commited cyclist

DrinkFromMyFountain Fri 30-Aug-13 17:59:05

It didn't cost me a

DrinkFromMyFountain Fri 30-Aug-13 17:59:44

It didn't cost me a pound it cost me eight bloody quid.

And to be honest I've seen so many people do it before I thought it was common practice!

ClaireCharlie Fri 30-Aug-13 18:03:54

And I've seen many people run red lights DrinkFromMyFountain it doesn't make it common practice.

Sure if you can do a ticket swap that's fine but if you get caught then yes own up and pay full price. Don't play innocent. If everyone did it then think how much business they would be losing out on?

It really makes no difference that you paid £8. It's not like the man added extra on - that's the price which is displayed before you enter.

If there was no sign to say tickets are not transferable, and it doesn't say this on the tickets, then no one can give you a ticket for using a transferred ticket, because all fines have to be clearly displayed.

This chap was trying it on. Are you sure he was a legit parking attendant?

DrinkFromMyFountain Fri 30-Aug-13 18:15:44

claire As I have stated i did own up and did full price. I wouldn't call it "acting innocent when as I have also previously stated, there was no sign. Please read before posting.

ClaireCharlie Fri 30-Aug-13 18:21:40

I can and did read.

Yes you owned up but it doesn't sound like you did it obligingly.

It's quite obvious that people shouldn't transfer tickets.

But if you're still annoyed about this then I can see that you will keep being patronising to me too.

I disagree with you - it's AIBU. That's how it works.

mysteryfairy Fri 30-Aug-13 18:21:56

I think the tickets are not transferable only if this forms part of the contract for using the car park. So depending on the signing it could well be that the tickets are transferable, regardless if that was how the car park company intended things to work.

I think there is a very good chance the man who charged you £8 was not the car park attendant. However I think having got into a confrontation with him you either had to pay or drive off as if he was dodgy you could easily have come back to a damaged car if not.

LRDPomogiMnyeSRabotoi Fri 30-Aug-13 18:31:09

It's not remotely obvious people shouldn't transfer tickets. hmm

I know it now because where I live has draconian parking charges and (to be fair to them) have now put up extremely detailed lists of all the things you can't do, even in private car parks.

But it would be perfectly logical to feel that if someone had paid for the space for two hours and still had half an hour to go, the space was paid for.

I don't know if he was scamming the OP or not but he had no need to treat her like that - just pointing it out politely would have been fine.

spongebob13 Fri 30-Aug-13 18:59:25

it wasn't obvious to me that tickets are non transferrable unless clearly stated. and whats with this business of losing money? sure if you cant transfer a ticket that means one car space is paid for twice for the same time! that's not losing money.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Fri 30-Aug-13 19:05:30

YABU - that's how most car parks operate in order to maximise their revenue. Airlines to a similar thing - oversell seats and then hope a few people don't turn up. However, that's not to say people don't share tickets as a way of trying to be kind. I do!

The issue is you getting caught and that's what you're annoyed about. Had you not been given the other person's ticket, you'd have had to pay full price anyway, so it's not as though you actually lost out. You just paid to park as is usual practice. It's galling but the guy was just doing his job.

DrinkFromMyFountain Fri 30-Aug-13 19:09:15

I did own up obligingly? I apologised to the man! Whether its obvious or not, there were no signs so technically that condition is uninforcable.

Come to think of it he didn't look like a parking attendant (didn't have a ticket machine) and he wasn't there when I went back to get something an hour later. I think I may have been scammed!

spongebob13 Fri 30-Aug-13 19:09:37

I honestly don't think OP got "caught out". she thought, like I would have unless posted on a sign perhaps beside ticket machine or ON the ticket, that there was nothing wrong with sharing tickets. and going by the practice of this attendant he banks on this not being common knowledge.

spongebob13 Fri 30-Aug-13 19:10:25

airlines I understand ... but seriously doubt its how all car parks work.

Sounds like you've been scammed to me.

flatmum Fri 30-Aug-13 19:16:05

in future tell him your car has a valid Parking ticket on it so piss off and feel free to issue you a ticket if he thinks he can get away with it because you will ignore it as a) you can prove your car has a valid ticket on it and b) even if he gives you a "parking charge notice" you wouldn't pay it anyway as they aren't penalty charge notices in private carparks and aren't enforceable

Silverfoxballs Fri 30-Aug-13 19:16:33

I don't agree with lots of parking regs and charges but surely no tickets are transferable.

comingalongnicely Fri 30-Aug-13 19:19:33

I think ClaireCharlie owns a carpark, no normal person could spout that much ticket related crap....

My view on it is, whoever bought the first ticket "rented" that space for the time period on the ticket. If they leave early & you buy another ticket then they're getting paid double.

It'd be less of a problem if they weren't such robbing bastards on the whole.

I'd keep doing it if I were you & YWNBU....

Silverfoxballs Unless there is a sign saying tickets are not transferable, either a sign posted up, or printed on the ticket, then tickets are transferable.

It all depends very much on the publicised terms and conditions.

DropYourSword Sat 31-Aug-13 16:01:12

Tickets definitely aren't transferable. The traffic attendant is correct in that. However, he wouldn't have been able to provide any proof that the ticket belonged to someone else before you. And his attitude stinks.

5Foot5 Sat 31-Aug-13 18:15:10

But it would be perfectly logical to feel that if someone had paid for the space for two hours and still had half an hour to go, the space was paid for.


sure if you cant transfer a ticket that means one car space is paid for twice for the same time! that's not losing money.

^And this.

Non-transferrable tickets are a rip off. And there is another restriction I don't get. One of the car parks I use say no returning within two hours. Why??? Fortunately they don't seem to enforce it. So far....

PuppyMonkey Sat 31-Aug-13 18:26:53

Well I don't care how many signs there were, I would've accepted the ticket too. I'm such a criminal. Not sure what I'd do if I got caught though - that's the chance you take. grin

Poor car parks, not being able to maximise their profits. Awwww.

diaimchlo Sat 31-Aug-13 18:29:25

Is it not that the ticket is not transferable to another car park? I know in Cumbria there are towns that used (not too sure if they still do that) to let you transfer from one car park to another How could he prove that you didn't purchase the ticket? Was he filming you? If he had a legal right to clamp you he would have done as those jobsworths are paid on commission.

What he did was exhort money out of you tbh,

I was once returning to my car in a private car park to see a car pull up and the driver run into the store without getting a ticket. As soon as they made it in the door a van pulled up by their vehicle and started taking photos and writing on their clipboard. I ran into the shop and warned them what was happening. They were at the cashier getting change for parking FGS. He had the clamp on by the time we got out and it ended up costing them £130 to remove it, even though the cashier came out to verify their story, he was having none of it. He had obviously been laying in wait angry then they wonder why people do not like them.shock

lborolass Sat 31-Aug-13 18:38:05

I think the no returning within x amount of time is to stop people taking spaces all day when they are meant for short term shoppers.

I think that's a good rule in places where there aren't many spaces, stops people just feeding the meter while they're at work or driving round the block and going back in the space.

I've no idea if these are enforced but there are several near me.

I've given away tickets in the past, once when I realised that I'd paid many £££ for a ticket and was in totally the wrong car park grin. However I know you're not meant to do it, car parks are priced to account for the fact that most people won't stay for the full time they pay or and of course there will be overlaps on busy days.

BMW6 Sat 31-Aug-13 20:42:35

Before his current job my DH used to be a private car parking attendant for a while.
He says NO WAY should any money EVER be handled by an attendant, and unless the ticket says Non Transferable (or you have to enter your car reg into the ticket machine), you are perfectly within your rights to use time left on a ticket.

You should write to the local council and report, as either the attendant is on the fiddle (pocketing cash) or he was a scammer not officially employed there at all.

QOD Sat 31-Aug-13 20:49:02

Your car park is £8 for 1 hour?

DropYourSword Sat 31-Aug-13 16:01:12
Tickets definitely aren't transferable.

Unless there are signs saying tickets are NOT transferable then they ARE. It has to be explicitly stated that they are not transferable, either on the ticket, on a visible sign or both, in order for it to be valid to charge/fine people for doing do.

kali110 Sat 31-Aug-13 22:03:42

I dont own a carpark but completely agree with claireclaire.

ILetHimKeep20Quid Sat 31-Aug-13 22:10:19

I thought it was fairly obvious tickets aren't transferable, but I do it all the time!

ENormaSnob Sat 31-Aug-13 22:38:45

I dont understand why tickets are not transferrable tbh.

Surely you are just paying to rent the space for x amount of time.

YouSayWhaaat Sat 31-Aug-13 23:22:06

The blind acceptance of this kind blatant profiteering that flies in the face of what is fair, is exactly what is wrong with this country.

These parking bullyboys should be run out town. Bastards all of them.

YouSayWhaaat Sat 31-Aug-13 23:23:38


We also offer are ticket when we leave a car park early. It is one life's little kindnesses.

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