Two walkers heading up Snowdon left a five pound note on their car windscreen and came back to find a £70 parking ticket slapped on it.
Andrew Frith and Olivia Donnelly turned up to the popular Welsh beauty spot thinking a car park nearby would take card payments.
However, when they discovered they the machine wasn’t taking cards they thought they could still use a £5 note they had – only to discover that machine was coins only, NorthWalesLive reports.
So, the honest couple left the bank note, accompanied by a note explaining their situation, to cover the parking £4 fee – plus a little extra for the inconvenience.
But the West Midlands couple, who have a home in Y Felinheli, said they were stunned to come back to their car and find the money still on the windscreen wiper alongside a parking ticket.
Andrew said: “It is a sad state of affairs when genuine people who do the right thing are still penalised.
“Surely the parking system is not in place to target this type of goodwill and honest behaviour?”
Andrew and Olivia regularly go hiking in Snowdonia and often use the Pen-y-Pass car park – which accepts card payments.
However, when that car park was full they had to use the council’s other nearby pay-and-display at Gwastadnant.
“We did not bring coins in view of past government guidance that they could encourage the spread of Covid,” said Andrew, a 42-year-old financial consultant.
“We had to pay £4, so we asked around and were given £5 by another hiker, who very generously refused to take any promises from us.
“The banknote was left under the wiper with a friendly note to the parking attendant. So we were very disappointed to arrive back later to find a penalty notice.”
Andrew accepts that, by the letter of the law, the lack of a pay-and-display ticket meant they risked a fine.
However the couple assessed the risk and hoped that commonsense would apply.
“I’m sure the parking attendant could have found a way,” he said. “Add it to petty cash at the end of the day, or even donate it to charity.”
“Everyone has rules but this was not in the spirit of them, nor was it morally justifiable.
“Over the last 12 months I must have paid £50 more than I needed to on parking.
“So all we’re calling for is a little common sense and a bit of human decency.”
Gwynedd Council said a cashless payment system has been introduced in the “vast majority” of its pay-and-display car parks.
A spokesperson said: “Some locations mean that it is difficult to introduce this system due to internet and phone coverage and we have raised the matter with the company that provide us with this service.”
Gwynedd Council said penalty notices include advice on how appeals can be lodged by those who feel they have been fined unfairly.
“Every appeal is thoroughly assessed,” added a spokesperson.
“At the end of this process, should the complainant remain unhappy, they have the right to appeal to an independent adjudication body.”
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