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THIS IS THE ASDA PRIZE Angry couple fined £ 70 for visiting Asda twice in one day

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A FUMING couple have been given a £70 parking fine for visiting Asda twice in one day – and have issued a strong warning to other shoppers.

Their car was recorded as exceeding almost six hours instead of the two quick pit stops they made.

The couple visited an Asda in Wirral, Merseyside, for their usual grocery store.

Later that same day, they returned to the same parking lot to refuel their car at the supermarket’s gas station.

Despite two quick pit stops, the CCTV had reported the car there for nearly six hours – the time between visits – and billed them a £ 70 fine for exceeding it.

Apparently the cameras had missed the car exiting the parking lot on both occasions.

The pair took to Facebook to alert drivers that the cameras were misreading their stops and slapped them with hefty fines.

The woman said: “I just wanted to make people aware that we recently received a £70 parking fine from ‘ParkingEye’ who are responsible for parking at Asda, Woodchurch.

“The letter accused us of staying in the parking lot for 5 hours and 44 minutes (which we didn’t do).

“We went to the store in the morning and again to fill up in the evening.

“The cameras had recorded two events out of four and wrongly kept us in the parking lot the whole time.

“I went to Asda and was told if I could get the letter and receipts/statement to the shop they could delete it.

“I didn’t have it with me so I appealed the fine online by providing a copy of our bank transactions and have just received a notification that it has been cancelled.

“Wanted to make people aware in case the same thing happens to them.”

An Asda spokesman said: “We use CCTV in our car parks to discourage anti-social behavior and ensure customers can park safely in our store.

“We are pleased that this error was quickly resolved and we apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”

A ParkingEye spokesman confirmed that the fee notice was overturned on appeal when the couple presented evidence.

They said: “ParkingEye operates a BPA (British Parking Association) audited complaints mechanism for motorists to appeal against their parking charge notices.

“If anyone has extenuating circumstances, we encourage them to highlight it by reaching out to ParkingEye.”

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