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to have parked in Parent And Child space without a child?

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JennifersBody Sat 20-Apr-13 18:03:10

Working ridciulously late last night and finished work at 1am (ish) - on the way home I drove by a 24 hour Tesco, I hadn't eaten dinner so I thought I would quickly go in and get something small to eat.

Go into the carpark (it was virtually dead) - there were about 10 P&C parking spaces with only one occupied. Parked there, went in store, was out in less than 10 minutes.

Got back to my car at the same time as the other owner of the other car had finished strapping a baby in and she asked me - wheres your child then? You do know that space is only allowed for parents with young children?

.. I started to reply and then she called me an ignorant cow and got in her car.

I was a bit shocked by it and thought that was a total over reaction.

<Btw I would never do this during the day time or early evening>

sashh Sun 21-Apr-13 01:26:28

The correct response in this situation is:

What? Shit? Where is she? And then start frantically looking under the car

RunRabbit Sat 20-Apr-13 22:19:15

Admit it. You parked there on purpose so you could post a thread on MN about it, because you know just how much Mumsnetters love P+C threads wink


ceebie Sat 20-Apr-13 21:36:31

If I was out with my baby at 1am I certainly would have been very grumpy indeed and would have bitched at everyone who witnessed me out when babies should be in bed. I probably would also have bitched about the self-scan tills saying "unexpected item in the bagging area" when there wasn't, refusing to give the 20p discount on the two broccolis, and there being no-one available in customer services to sort it out.

apostropheuse Sat 20-Apr-13 21:01:19

I wanted to use a mother and child space the other night, but my son refused to go in it. He said him being twenty-five meant we didn't need it and proceeded to drive to another space.

I think he was being very unreasonable.

crashdoll Sat 20-Apr-13 20:55:27

I'm going to borrow lots of children and gently place them smack bang in the middle of every P&C parking space I can find.

BumBiscuits Sat 20-Apr-13 20:24:08

I don't believe that P&C spaces should be available to those who have chosen to sit on it rather than suck it.

MrsMelons Sat 20-Apr-13 20:15:22

YANBU, at 1am very very few people will be out with children, I have managed to avoid it with my DCs so far and don't know anyone else in RL who have had to do that fortunately so I really can't see the issue.

There is no need to park in them normally unless obviously you have children with you, have any sort of disability including crutches or such like or for any other genuine reason. Just because they are not a legal right doesn't mean people should be inconsiderate but late at night it is irrelevant!

If she was out at 1am with a small babyshe is likely to be very tired and probably overeacted!

BTW our Asda say they issue 'fines' but we all know you don't have to pay them.

TidyDancer Sat 20-Apr-13 20:14:30

Exactly Shelly. And LST has shown exactly why those shysters continue to get away with their practices. They make invoices look like fines and people don't question them.

ShellyBoobs Sat 20-Apr-13 20:11:49

Tidy my dp works there. I am afraid you are wrong.

No, you're wrong.

What legal recourse do you think a supermarket has?

At the very most they could persue someone through the courts to try to obtain damages for the loss that was incurred.

What would that loss be?

SirChenjin Sat 20-Apr-13 20:09:19

Really Magi - you go to the bother of posting yawn on a thread that doesn't interest you? Why, in the name of the wee man??

ShellyBoobs Sat 20-Apr-13 20:09:07

You get fined £100 at our local Asda if you park in a c&p space without a child.


I'd like to see the cunts try fining me.

They'd be told to fuck the fuck off to the far end of fuck, but less politely.

SirChenjin Sat 20-Apr-13 20:08:07

Ah, OK smile

TidyDancer Sat 20-Apr-13 20:07:04

Disabled spaces are also a legal entitlement so they may have some weight there. But P&C spaces are not legal rights, so they would be on shaky ground anyway even if they were fines. You either permit someone to park somewhere or you don't, you don't make arbitrary decisions as to who can park where unless it is wrt disabled spaces.

magimedi Sat 20-Apr-13 20:05:20

If it's so yawn why go to the bother using muscle power to type on this thread? There are plenty more that you'll find less yawn if you go to 'Active'

This was on active. And I am quite happy to give my fingers some exercise.

TidyDancer Sat 20-Apr-13 20:04:52

They can say what they want lst, and quite often do. Private companies running private car parks do not and should not have the same powers as the council.

TidyDancer Sat 20-Apr-13 20:04:10

I think it changed wrt clamping (was oreviously not allowed on private land) and the companies can pursue people for the charge but afaik it is still legally an invoice not a fine.

LST Sat 20-Apr-13 20:03:02

Tidy my dp works there. I am afraid you are wrong. It also states the same in the disabled spaces.

SirChenjin Sat 20-Apr-13 20:01:13

Tidy - did the law not change recently? I vaguely recall reading something on here about that confused

SirChenjin Sat 20-Apr-13 19:59:55

If it's so yawn why go to the bother using muscle power to type on this thread? There are plenty more that you'll find less yawn if you go to 'Active'

TidyDancer Sat 20-Apr-13 19:59:39

Lst, sorry but you are wrong. It's not a fine, it's an invoice. You can't be fined unless you're in a council car park. Asda or their contractor are relying on the stupidity of people to pay the invoices.

magimedi Sat 20-Apr-13 19:57:06

Parking - schmarking - yawn.

LST Sat 20-Apr-13 19:56:06

Yanbu op.

But to anyone saying anyone can park in c&p spaces, you are wrong. You get fined £100 at our local Asda if you park in a c&p space without a child.

SirChenjin Sat 20-Apr-13 19:53:17

Whoops - way back upthread I meant baby or child, not car! That's what happens when you're trying to help build a meccano car and MN at the same time grin

colleysmill Sat 20-Apr-13 19:51:15

A few weeks ago we were parked in a p & c space when dh (i was returning the trolley) was accosted by a lady asking where his child was. Dh was a bit surprised but pointed to ds (3) inside.

In fairness we had taken the campervan to fill up with booze petrol so ds isn't always visible and she did apologize but it was the first time we have ever been challenged.

At 1am though I can't imagine there's much of a rush on for any parking space

LaurieFairyCake Sat 20-Apr-13 19:48:22

At 1am I'd be parking in wherever was closest to the door and wouldn't give a flying fuck turd about anyone else.

This is because our local Tesco is a dogging spot grin

I don't blip my lights either ....

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