Hello and welcome to CAG.
It's very likely that your father won't have to pay these 'fines', but you're going to be doing a crash course with us in how private parking companies work. I hope your father has kept all the paperwork including Lidl receipts? Please ask him not to throw anything away for now.
You did the right thing in contacting Lidl which is what we would have suggested, it's a shame they won't help. I expect someone like ericsbrother will have ideas on how to embarrass them.
Great stuff, is always best practice to check with the court, PPCs have a nasty habit of saying have discontinued but carry on. Interestingly I wonder what would happen if they went ahead, after sending the letter and victim presents the letter of discontinuance to the court after a default?
Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum.
I've just discovered that my elderly father has been sitting on a few parking notice letters from a company called Athena, for parking 15 minutes over the allotted 90 minutes allowed at that store (unfortunately dad was unaware it was 90 minutes). He has been fretting over these fines and is worried about what to do.
Basically, he and my mum shop every week in one of our local Lidl stores. In October they went to this store and spent nearly £70. Mum has a blue badge due to poor mobility and she also has Alzheimer's.
Obviously, with mums health issues it isn't a five minute job to go shopping with her and apparently on that day mum came over a bit funny as she hadn't eaten, so they also got some sandwiches with their shopping and ate them in the car which probably pushed them over the allowed time scale.
Dad is fretting over this and says he should just pay the fine but it seems unfair to me that they had genuinely shopped in that store and are regular shoppers there and the fact mum has poor mobility and dementia.
I've contacted Lidl but they are not interested and say I should contact Athena but a quick look online shows they seem like an uncaring, money grabbing company and I am concerned we won't get anywhere with them.
Has anyone had any experience with this? Any advice most welcome, thanks.