A MAN and his disabled wife say they were horrified to find their car had been slapped with an £80 parking ticket after leaving it unattended for just 13 seconds.
Sam Maney had parked in a disabled bay in the Jermyn Street Car Park in Sleaford with his wife on Wednesday evening, with their disabled badge on display, when they realised they had no change for the ticket machine.
Mr Maney said: "We popped into the fish and chip shop next door to the car park to get some change and when we were in there a woman came in and asked us if it was our car that a parking warden was putting a ticket on.
"We went outside and found the warden taking a photo of the car and when I saw the times on the ticket I couldn't believe he'd put it on after 13 seconds.
"Linford Christie couldn't have got back to the car quicker."
Mr Maney challenged the warden and has since attempted to appeal the fine with Napier Parking, a private parking firm, but with no luck.
He said: "The guy must have been sat in his car watching when we parked up and pounced as soon as our backs were turned."
James De Savary from Napier Parking said that the 13 seconds referred to would not have been the total time the vehicle was parked but the period that it effectively took to issue an immediate notice.
He said: "Enforcement action may take place immediately if a car is left in breach of the terms and conditions of parking. If someone does not have change we would advise that the driver does not park.
"The reason why we have a strict policy is that we find that drivers use going for change as an excuse when they have breached the terms and conditions."