Dozens of drivers claim to have been slapped with hefty £100 parking fines despite paying for their stays.
Motorists who say they have been stung are desperately pleading for help as they fear bailiffs will be sent after them for a technical fault at Paradise Mill car park on John Street in Bury, Greater Manchester.
When people have complained to the firm handing out fines, they say the amount demanded has only increased, the MEN reports.
Sandra Fitzsimmons is one of the estimated 100 people who claim to have fallen victim to Car Park Securities after using a bay on December 3, 2021.
The 71-year-old says she paid with cash and entered her registration number on the machine yet several weeks later Sandra received a letter claiming she parked without paying.
In response to the notice on February 19 2022, Sandra claimed she emailed site owners Car Park Securities but says she got no response.
She was then sent another letter demanding £170 – and that her case will be passed onto a debt recovery agent.
“This is a very worrying time for me,” she said. “I’m 71 and not in the greatest of health and now I’m worried. I’m not sleeping because of fear of what is to come from this company.
“Any help will be a blessing as I just haven’t got the strength to fight these people.”
Sandra isn’t the only driver claiming to have fallen victim to the parking company.
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Lesley Marsh says her husband used the car park to go Christmas shopping in Bury on December 12.
They then received a £100 fine on February 9, it is claimed.
The pair did nothing for two weeks due to having difficulty paying the charge over the phone.
They say were then sent another letter on February 22 – with the fine reportedly increased to £170.
The couple paid the penalty fee as they are moving house and feared it may affect their credit score.
Another driver, David Williams, wrote a letter of appeal to the company after receiving a fine.
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But after receiving another letter demanding £100, he says he paid the fee out of fear a debt collection agency would get involved.
Driver Becky Alex also received three parking fines in three days dating back to November 2021.
She says the fines started out as £60 but have now escalated to £100.
Becky challenged one fine with a parking ticket to prove she had paid but claims she heard nothing back.
Due to parking at the site a long time ago, she has since thrown the other tickets away.
Car Park Securities has been contacted for a comment.
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