Jay Bentham, 26, left a Post-it note for the traffic warden, saying he was ‘proper skint’ (Picture: Deadline News)
A ‘skint’ driver’s Post-it note plea to avoid a parking ticket was unsuccessful as a traffic warden refused to take pity on him.
Jay Bentham, 26, was on his way to work in Liverpool on March 30 when his parking app stopped working and he didn’t have any change.
The drinks company rep, who recently returned to work after being furloughed, decided to leave a note on his car appealing to council workers’ better nature.
It read: ‘Phone and Pay App not working. Please don’t give me a ticket, I’m proper skint.’
He returned later that day to find a Liverpool City Council parking ticket slapped over his plea for mercy.
A comparison post of the desperate note and the parking ticket went viral on Twitter, with the caption ‘how it started… how it’s going’.
Speaking on Tuesday, Jay said he managed to see ‘the funny side’ of the situation.
He said: ‘I was heading to a work meeting and went to use the phone and pay app but it said there was an error.
‘I don’t carry any cash or coins because it’s the year 2021 and genuinely have not needed any with being stuck in the house for a year.
It read: ‘Phone and Pay App not working. Please don’t give me a ticket, I’m proper skint’ (Picture: Deadline News)
The council failed to take mercy on him (Picture: Deadline News)
The drinks company rep says he’s ‘skint after being furloughed last year (Picture: Deadline News)
‘My meeting was nearing and I just thought I’d write a polite note and see how I got on. When I got it I just thought “you heartless b***”.
‘To begin with I was a bit like this is typical of my luck to be honest… but then I saw the funny side of him just plastering it on top of the note.
‘Literally slapped it on my heartfelt note. You would just like to see a bit more empathy and discretion from these people. Not everyone can afford to pay these fines, luckily I just about can.’
Jay’s social media post has received more than 31,000 likes and 1,800 retweets.
One person said: ‘Bet he/she was laughing there [sic] head off putting that ticket on.’
Someone else joked: ‘Just take your number plates off when you park, they can’t do much about that.
’Unless they clamp it, but that’s something in the future you will sort out so don’t worry.’
Another person offered advice on how to avoid the parking penalty, saying: ‘Contact the local authority, explain that you were unable to pay because of their lack of maintenance of the app and provide them with photos.
‘It’s on the authority to make it fair and easy to pay for parking, otherwise you can claim unreasonable infraction.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Liverpool City Council for comment.
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