The Nether Regions

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Harping back to the parking bays

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Why is it that old people are always willing to be locked up? No wonder the prisons are so overcrowded.

If nothing else, this story is an important lesson in car dashboard etiquette.

The Echo, Southend, 22 November 2010 (story):

Irene, 90: I’ll go to jail rather than pay fines

A 90-YEAR-OLD woman says she’ll go to prison rather than pay two parking tickets she was given in the space of just 15 minutes.

Irene Reynolds found her car, parked near her home in Old Leigh High Street, had been given a ticket because she had accidentally left a glove covering part of her disabled permit.

Still seething about parking wardens’ meanness, she drove off to take a friend to Leigh Broadway, where she parked on Leigh Hill, near St Clement’s Church.

Her friend left her a Mars bar on the dashboard as a thank you present for the lift – and it covered part of her parking permit. The result: Another ticket.

Retired headmistress Mrs Reynolds, who is recovering from a broken leg, said of the second incident: “I popped in to a nearby store and when I came back, I could see the wardens standing there laughing their heads off. I hobbled as fast as I could to the car, but was horrified to find another ticket.

“My friend had left a Mars bar on the dashboard for me, to say thanks for the lift, but he had accidentally put part of the chocolate over my permit.”

Euphemism of the Day: he’d put part of his chocolate over her permit.

This is a truly heartbreaking tale. It is almost unthinkable that items as innocuous as a lone glove and a Mars bar could be directly responsible for unleashing such pain on the vulnerable in society. Not that Irene is going down without a fight, of course:

The former head of the old Westminster School, in Westcliff, added: “I couldn’t believe they could all be so heartless. I know you have to display the permit clearly, but it wasn’t completely covered. It was quite obvious I had a permit. I absolutely refuse to pay these fines.

“I will go to prison before I pay a penny. It’s too silly for words and just so unfair.”

The council has promised to look into the incidents after the Echo raised them with it.

She’ll get off. Retired headmistresses always do.


Written by Paddy

November 23, 2010 at 11:41 am

2 Responses

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  1. I’m amazed that despite recovering from a broken leg this lady is still able to drive her car…thats the REAL story methinks!!


    November 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  2. The real criminal here is that mars bar.

    Micahel Laverick

    November 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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