I was fined £50 after I made a common mistake parking – but I won’t pay, I don’t even care if I get a criminal record | The Sun

AN elderly woman has vowed not to pay a £50 parking fine – even if it means she gets a criminal record.

Jill Allen, 73, made the mistake of putting zero – '0' – instead of the letter 'O' when entering her registration to get a parking ticket.

Blissfully unaware of her innocent error, she went charity shopping in Gainsborough, Lincs., – but returned to her car to find a ticket and a parking warden waiting for her.

She told LincolnshireLive: "I just expressed disbelief and said don’t you think it’s ridiculous and he said he’s just obeying the rules.

"It’s hilarious and absolutely ludicrous, I have no intention of paying it."


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Jill, from Lincoln, bought the £1.60 three-hour-parking ticket at 12.11pm on Thursday, August 18.

She returned to her car at the Bridge Street Car Park in Gainsborough at 2.45pm.

But she now faces a £25 fine or £50 if she doesn't cough up the cash and the issue is not resolved.

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"I don’t know what penalty they can put on me but if I get a criminal record it doesn’t matter to me these days", Jill added.

Jill has now demanded a review of the appeal process after appealing herself but was told she hadn't displayed the valid ticket.

A spokesperson for West Lindsey District Council said: "Penalty charge notices are issued to all vehicles who have entered their vehicle registration incorrectly.

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"What should happen in instances such as this one is that they contact us to carry out a verification process.

"Once the individual contacts the council, we will be able to cancel the penalty charge notice and apologise for failure to carry out our usual process on this occasion."

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