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About 5 years ago I parked at the local supermarket to drop my child at the station and pick up some shopping, as I had done for many years before.  It's quicker to use another car park when just going to the station, but it seemed stupid to drive to the station car park and then to the supermarket, I walked them to the station, which is the other side of the fence to the car park and returned about 5 minutes later only to find a charge notice.  After failing to find the person who did this, I went to the shop and left about 15 minutes later.  I wrote this in the letter back to the court, as I hadn't come across this page, and their lawyers are saying they want to pursue the claim.  I have had no dealings with the car park owner, and just had a series of letters about it from various organisations over several years, now ending up with DCB legal.

Have I shafted myself?
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  • Grizebeck
    Grizebeck Posts: 2,764 Forumite
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    Oh dear you have screwed up one of the easiest cases ever
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  • D_P_Dance
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    Leaving  site  BOC claims are almost impossible for PPC.s to win in court.  Why not call their bluff and rock up in court.  Have you complained to your MP?
    You never know how far you can go until you go too far.
  • SeaHippo
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    I haven't complained to my MP.  I shall drop him a line.

    The signs they have were a wall of text about 8ft up, and some months later they changed them to highlight phrases like the one about leaving.  They also have no sign in the one place anyone would walk if leaving the car park towards the town.
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    Grizebeck said:
    Oh dear you have screwed up one of the easiest cases ever

    My defence was based around signage (wall of text - later updated with hi-vis highlights - and none on the exit leading towards the town centre) and time in a less than half-full car park.
  • Grizebeck
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    SeaHippo said:
    Grizebeck said:
    Oh dear you have screwed up one of the easiest cases ever

    My defence was based around signage (wall of text - later updated with hi-vis highlights - and none on the exit leading towards the town centre) and time in a less than half-full car park.
    Maybe so hopefully you will get lucky but these are a cinch to win if done properly
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  • SeaHippo
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    I realise that.  Now.
  • D_P_Dance
    D_P_Dance Posts: 11,503 Forumite
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    You have just purchased a £2000+ Montechristo Panama hat.  The wind blows it off site, do you not retrieve it?T
    You never know how far you can go until you go too far.
  • go-on-then
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    Do the signs show a clear area marked out with boundaries/lines to show where ' the site '  that they are waffling about is ??
    You won't need to put your shoes and coat on to go and have a look as I can tell you now they wont have. They never do.....
  • Coupon-mad
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    You are stuck with the defence you put in, unfortunately, and it was completely wrong to admit to leaving the site.  Big error...

    The saving grace is that you can do a better WS & evidence later on, with evidence of the unclear signs, and maybe DCBLegal will discontinue because they are very shy of hearings.  It seems to be a numbers game to them and even cases they should win they still discontinue when they see a decent WS bundle.

    And in future, don't use car parks like that to drop off a passenger again.  You can always stop on street for that; even in a bay or on a single or double yellow.

    This is what double yellow lines are actually for...astonishes me that most drivers don't know.
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