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Woman handed parking ticket in Worthing hours after mum died

The Argus: Woman handed parking ticket hours after mum died Woman handed parking ticket hours after mum died

A disabled woman is devastated after parking chiefs insisted she pays for a ticket she received hours after her mother died.

Mo Maugan’s mother Winnifred Petley died after a two-week stay in Worthing General Hospital.

Ms Maughan left the hospital and went to her parked car in Lyndhurst Road but it had a puncture and she cannot change tyres as she is disabled.

The 71-year-old got a lift home to Worthing seafront with her daughter and she fell asleep for hours.

She said the next day – incredibly upset – she returned to her car to see it had a £35 ticket which will raise to £70 if not paid in time.


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She appealed against the ticket and explained the circumstances of the car being left there.

But NSL, the parking contractors, and Worthing Borough Council have turned down her appeal.

She accepts the car was parked illegally but added “if death and dying doesn’t count what does?”

She told The Argus: “I admit that I get parking tickets a lot and I always pay.

“But this time there is a principle at stake.

“My mother had just died.

“It was 3am and pouring with rain. I had a puncture.

“I rang my daughter to take me home.

“I couldn’t change the puncture myself – I am 71 and disabled.

“I didn’t think, all I could think was, ‘my mum has gone’.

“I hadn’t slept properly for two weeks and then I just slept and slept.

“My children did not want to wake me.

“Then the parking contractors had the audacity to say ‘sorry your mum has died’ but not to drop the charges.”

The Argus contacted both NSL and Worthing Borough Council.

A council spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that in this case an appeal was rejected based on the information provided.

“The motorist was duly sent a letter that stated grounds for further appeal, but no subsequent appeal was received.

“NSL provide all motorists the opportunity to challenge an appeal decision before sending a recovery order.”

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6:03am Fri 18 Apr 14

power_ranger says...

As sad as it is, they can't and wont apply the rules to some and not others.
As sad as it is, they can't and wont apply the rules to some and not others. power_ranger
  • Score: 19

7:10am Fri 18 Apr 14

DCCCCCC says...

That is harsh and totally jobs worth. NSL should be ashamed of themselves.
That is harsh and totally jobs worth. NSL should be ashamed of themselves. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 4

7:16am Fri 18 Apr 14

DCCCCCC says...

DCCCCCC wrote:
That is harsh and totally jobs worth. NSL should be ashamed of themselves.
And Worthing Borough Council (I forgot to add).
[quote][p][bold]DCCCCCC[/bold] wrote: That is harsh and totally jobs worth. NSL should be ashamed of themselves.[/p][/quote]And Worthing Borough Council (I forgot to add). DCCCCCC
  • Score: 6

7:43am Fri 18 Apr 14

John Steed says...

this mob of money raisers issue tickets on sundays in residential areas where no signs exist as to parking limitations, i got a ticket in bridge road on a sunday afternoon loading up two sofas, no signs exist at the boundaries of the double lines. I got another one having driven off imediatly the warden had routinely noted numbers, went and had dinner at home, returned and placed the car in almost an identical spot on the road just over an hour later and got ticketed for over staying I will admit to being as verbally polite as I can to any worthing traffic warden on duty at any time at any place in the town wether I am walking cycling or driving, this bunch are a stain on the town and the needs of the residents and businesses of the town should be paramount. Time for a radical rethink on the whole issue of traffic management
this mob of money raisers issue tickets on sundays in residential areas where no signs exist as to parking limitations, i got a ticket in bridge road on a sunday afternoon loading up two sofas, no signs exist at the boundaries of the double lines. I got another one having driven off imediatly the warden had routinely noted numbers, went and had dinner at home, returned and placed the car in almost an identical spot on the road just over an hour later and got ticketed for over staying I will admit to being as verbally polite as I can to any worthing traffic warden on duty at any time at any place in the town wether I am walking cycling or driving, this bunch are a stain on the town and the needs of the residents and businesses of the town should be paramount. Time for a radical rethink on the whole issue of traffic management John Steed
  • Score: 4

11:23am Fri 18 Apr 14

Cass says...

Did anyone se e Parking Mad on Thursday TV, all councils it seems are the same, no common sense, no humility, no care, The electorate and motorists in particular are seen as revenue, Worthing being no different. Sadly we do not make enough noise in our objections to the rough shod way they treat us therefore they continue to get away with it.
Did anyone se e Parking Mad on Thursday TV, all councils it seems are the same, no common sense, no humility, no care, The electorate and motorists in particular are seen as revenue, Worthing being no different. Sadly we do not make enough noise in our objections to the rough shod way they treat us therefore they continue to get away with it. Cass
  • Score: 10

11:43am Fri 18 Apr 14

FC says...

So because a relative died, she has to be treated differently? "It's OK, I only beat the crap out of someone because my mum died today" wouldn't fly.

Yes, it's sad but, no it's not a case for different treatment. If she's disabled, did she have a blue badge in the window of her car to prevent being ticketed?

The problem with people whinging about parking tickets it laughable. Don't want a ticket? Don't park illegally. Simple as that, regardless of your circumstance.
So because a relative died, she has to be treated differently? "It's OK, I only beat the crap out of someone because my mum died today" wouldn't fly. Yes, it's sad but, no it's not a case for different treatment. If she's disabled, did she have a blue badge in the window of her car to prevent being ticketed? The problem with people whinging about parking tickets it laughable. Don't want a ticket? Don't park illegally. Simple as that, regardless of your circumstance. FC
  • Score: 0

11:53am Fri 18 Apr 14

Zamora251 says...

Tell Worthing Borough Council and NSL to **** OFF and refuse to pay the ticket!!
Tell Worthing Borough Council and NSL to **** OFF and refuse to pay the ticket!! Zamora251
  • Score: 4

12:54pm Fri 18 Apr 14

truescouser says...

here's a thought - DONT PARK ILLEGALLY ! it's got nothing to do with your personal circumstances, so why bother whingeing to the newspapers ? Also - why couldn't someone she knew sort the car out for her ? If I had done what she did, I wouldn't use my parent's death as an excuse, I would have just paid up and moved on to more important matters in my life - making funeral arrangements etc. But no - she wants to make song and dance over a £35 ticket. some people will do anything to avoid paying (deserved) parking tickets.
here's a thought - DONT PARK ILLEGALLY ! it's got nothing to do with your personal circumstances, so why bother whingeing to the newspapers ? Also - why couldn't someone she knew sort the car out for her ? If I had done what she did, I wouldn't use my parent's death as an excuse, I would have just paid up and moved on to more important matters in my life - making funeral arrangements etc. But no - she wants to make song and dance over a £35 ticket. some people will do anything to avoid paying (deserved) parking tickets. truescouser
  • Score: -1

5:12pm Fri 18 Apr 14

BenUk says...

if she disabled then she can have a disabled badge in her car meaning she can park pretty much any where i think she should think about getting one, also i would write or talk to the parking adjudicator and see if they will do anything about this matter
if she disabled then she can have a disabled badge in her car meaning she can park pretty much any where i think she should think about getting one, also i would write or talk to the parking adjudicator and see if they will do anything about this matter BenUk
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Patsyr says...

silly woman who admits to getting a lot of parking tickets and just paying them. Pay this one too and be more careful where you park. Don't run to the Argus with a sob story, this is not news just a waste of time all round.
silly woman who admits to getting a lot of parking tickets and just paying them. Pay this one too and be more careful where you park. Don't run to the Argus with a sob story, this is not news just a waste of time all round. Patsyr
  • Score: 6

7:09pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bluemonday says...

she admits she gets parking tickets a lot,maybe the council took this into account
she admits she gets parking tickets a lot,maybe the council took this into account bluemonday
  • Score: 7

4:37am Sat 19 Apr 14

Dave At Home says...

She accepts the car was parked illegally .... boom boom, there's your answer.

Also just out of curiosity, how old was her mother? if she was 71 got to be a good 90 I would say. Short on facts again.
She accepts the car was parked illegally .... boom boom, there's your answer. Also just out of curiosity, how old was her mother? if she was 71 got to be a good 90 I would say. Short on facts again. Dave At Home
  • Score: 3

5:47am Sat 19 Apr 14

ohhumanity says...

I second a lot of comments about. To be frank, anyone can turn around and say "Yeah my dad/mum/brother/rela
tive etc" died to try and get out of a parking ticket.

She admitted she was parked illegally anyway. She admitted that she gets a lot of parking tickets. So I don't see why there's a big news story on it. The title should really be "Woman gets parking ticket for parking illegally". It's obviously said that her mum died, it's sad when anyone dies, but using their death as an excuse to get out of something you've accepted was wrong is even worse than the council declining her appeal.
I second a lot of comments about. To be frank, anyone can turn around and say "Yeah my dad/mum/brother/rela tive etc" died to try and get out of a parking ticket. She admitted she was parked illegally anyway. She admitted that she gets a lot of parking tickets. So I don't see why there's a big news story on it. The title should really be "Woman gets parking ticket for parking illegally". It's obviously said that her mum died, it's sad when anyone dies, but using their death as an excuse to get out of something you've accepted was wrong is even worse than the council declining her appeal. ohhumanity
  • Score: 3

8:16am Sat 19 Apr 14

ohhumanity says...

*obviously sad
*obviously sad ohhumanity
  • Score: 0

8:30am Sat 19 Apr 14

scuba1 says...

FC wrote:
So because a relative died, she has to be treated differently? "It's OK, I only beat the crap out of someone because my mum died today" wouldn't fly.

Yes, it's sad but, no it's not a case for different treatment. If she's disabled, did she have a blue badge in the window of her car to prevent being ticketed?

The problem with people whinging about parking tickets it laughable. Don't want a ticket? Don't park illegally. Simple as that, regardless of your circumstance.
Your a heartless buffoon aren't you ?
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: So because a relative died, she has to be treated differently? "It's OK, I only beat the crap out of someone because my mum died today" wouldn't fly. Yes, it's sad but, no it's not a case for different treatment. If she's disabled, did she have a blue badge in the window of her car to prevent being ticketed? The problem with people whinging about parking tickets it laughable. Don't want a ticket? Don't park illegally. Simple as that, regardless of your circumstance.[/p][/quote]Your a heartless buffoon aren't you ? scuba1
  • Score: 1

9:50am Sat 19 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

What a bunch of heartless commenters. For heavens sake, the poor woman was disabled and had a flat tyre she was not physically able to fix! She had just suffered a bereavement and to be fair she probably had other things on her mind. A bit of humane compassion would not go amiss here and I think the ticket should be waived this time.
What a bunch of heartless commenters. For heavens sake, the poor woman was disabled and had a flat tyre she was not physically able to fix! She had just suffered a bereavement and to be fair she probably had other things on her mind. A bit of humane compassion would not go amiss here and I think the ticket should be waived this time. Juleyanne
  • Score: 2

1:01pm Sat 19 Apr 14

ohhumanity says...

Juleyanne wrote:
What a bunch of heartless commenters. For heavens sake, the poor woman was disabled and had a flat tyre she was not physically able to fix! She had just suffered a bereavement and to be fair she probably had other things on her mind. A bit of humane compassion would not go amiss here and I think the ticket should be waived this time.
But things like this unfortunately happen a lot of the time. Again, it is very sad that her mum had died, I know what it's like to lose a parent and it's heartbreaking. But at the end of the day, she admitted that she knew she was parking illegally.

I don't normally support traffic wardens, but I don't see that they've done anything wrong. It's like admitting to a shop keeper that you've stolen something and not expecting any consequences. If it was something like, she had paid to park where she was, but because of the bereavement she couldn't move the car, then it more than likely would've been waived.

This happens to a LOT of people a LOT more than you realise, so where's their news articles?
[quote][p][bold]Juleyanne[/bold] wrote: What a bunch of heartless commenters. For heavens sake, the poor woman was disabled and had a flat tyre she was not physically able to fix! She had just suffered a bereavement and to be fair she probably had other things on her mind. A bit of humane compassion would not go amiss here and I think the ticket should be waived this time.[/p][/quote]But things like this unfortunately happen a lot of the time. Again, it is very sad that her mum had died, I know what it's like to lose a parent and it's heartbreaking. But at the end of the day, she admitted that she knew she was parking illegally. I don't normally support traffic wardens, but I don't see that they've done anything wrong. It's like admitting to a shop keeper that you've stolen something and not expecting any consequences. If it was something like, she had paid to park where she was, but because of the bereavement she couldn't move the car, then it more than likely would've been waived. This happens to a LOT of people a LOT more than you realise, so where's their news articles? ohhumanity
  • Score: 2

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