A DAD claims he was unfairly treated by a parking attendant as he picked up a package from a Sunderland sorting office.
Michael Day parked his car in a loading bay outside the post office in Mary Street, near Park Lane, to make a collection.
After going into the address to pick up the item, he came back out to find an enforcement officer writing out a ticket.
Michael, a domestic appliance engineer, said: “I was only in the place for 30 seconds when I realised I’d left my phone in the car.
“When I saw what he was doing, he told me he was giving me a ticket because I was parking in a loading bay.
“But I know that you are supposed to allow five minutes for people to get back to their cars.
“I said to him ‘You aren’t giving me a ticket?’ and he replied ‘yes I am’.”
Mr Day, of Fulwell, admits he then became involved in a heated argument with the officer and used bad language as he was issued with the ticket. He has since accepted a caution from police over the incident, although the parking ticket has now been rescinded after he appealed.
“It’s now been rescinded because I proved I was parking legally,” said Mr Day, a dad-of-one.
“I just think the attitude of these officers is to give tickets out as much as they possibly can.”
Council bosses today said they have a different version of events to what Mr Day says happened.
Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for city services, Coun Michael Mordey, said: “The Highway Code sets down a series of obligations for motorists when it comes to parking.
“The council has a different version of events around this incident before the Penalty Charge Notice was issued.
“There is an appeals process for anyone who thinks a notice has been issued unfairly.”