Here we seem to have a variation on a theme from UKPC. Regular readers will be aware of the doctoring photographs scam where times of photographs are altered to make it appear that cars have been parked for longer than has been paid for. Readers may also note the failure of the sun to move during the day in UKPC managed car parks.
At West Cumbria Hospital one motorist paid for the correct length of stay but the ticket machine printed a ticket with fewer hours parking registered on it than had been paid for
Visiting the hospital for a baby delivery - you know how long these things take - anxious Dad paid for 24hrs parking. Well you never know with these things do you? UKPC do offer a charge of £3 for 3.5hrs but the little woman refused to guarantee a delivery to such a tight timetable? Women hey ...what can you do? Put in £5 to get a longer duration (4x£1 and 2x50p)
Got ticket - put on dashboard - dash to ward (well as much as a lady in labour can dash) and of course proud Dad didn't check the ticket. Well it's an NHS car park and they have our trust and we believe in their integrity don't we?
Happily a father later that day, proud Dad was brought back to earth with a bang when he left the hospital the same day he parked even though he had paid for 24 hours parking. Yes he had a charge stuck to his car because the ticket printed by the machine only gave him four hours parking despite paying for 24 hours.
Anyone else also caught out by a faulty machine at West Cumbria Hospital have a rant at the new CEO firstname.lastname@example.org and point out just how faith in the integrity of his Trust could be diminishing by the day whilst they keep with UKPC.
This won't be the last disgruntled motorist using this car park. You see I can see into the future.
The Prankster gets a large amount of mail from people who purchased valid tickets but due to some fault or other of the ticket machine still get issued a parking charge. it seems the worse maintained the machines are, the larger the profits of the parking company.
UKPC are not the worst company for this - Excel Parking Services appear to run the shoddiest ship.
The Parking Prankster