A driver in the UK has been fined £100 (Rs 9,500) for eating a McDonald’s meal while parked in a Starbucks car park. According to Wales onlineBob Spink was shocked to discover a letter through his door fined for using one of the parking lots outside the coffee giant for 16 minutes.
Mr. Spink had been to the McDonald’s drive-thru with his girlfriend, and when they couldn’t find a spot at the hamburger chain, they chose the nearby Starbucks parking lot. Speak with Wales onlineMr Spink said he didn’t realize punishment was a thing, but since being fined, the 50-year-old has vowed never to go near a Starbucks again.
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“We had only bought a £12 order from McDonald’s and the car park was completely full so we parked in Starbucks to eat as there was plenty of room,” Spink told media, adding: “It just feels like legalized theft, I’ve done nothing wrong legally.”
He further revealed that the letter he received told him that if he paid the fine within 14 days, it would be reduced to £60, so he did so in an effort to avoid the higher charge. “I was stunned by it, we just moved here and it’s something you can’t ignore because it’s only going to get worse and increase the compensation,” he said.
Mr Spink went on to say that he hadn’t even left his car yet. He said he doesn’t understand what Starbucks was trying to achieve. Now he hopes his case will bring some awareness and help people stay away from the giant coffee chain.
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Meanwhile, according to Wales onlineStarbucks uses National Parking Enforcement Ltd (NPE) at the branch that Mr. Spink visited with his girlfriend. The parking company was also previously criticized on Google as a “terrible company that is just looking for people’s hard-earned money”. The coffee giant, on the other hand, has acknowledged the parking violation, but states that the parking problem is NPE’s responsibility.
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