Grieving widower's hospital parking fine slammed
Sunderland Echo readers have slammed a hospital parking fine imposed on a grieving widower.
The penalty was given on widower William Parkinson after he forgot to buy a parking ticket while rushing to his dying wife's hospital bedside.
Mr Parkinson, 82, from Cleadon, whose wife, Jeanette, 80, died before he arrived, was initially fined up to £70 by Parking Eye.
His ordeal still prompted anger from the majority of readers responding to our story on our Facebook page.
Catherine Stockdale said: "How awful for this poor man, parking should be free at hospitals, no-one is ever going to be there for a jolly day out
Kelly Teasdale replied: "Was thinking the exact same thing. Poor bloke. That will have been the last thing on his mind."
Tracey Botham added: "Think parking should be scraped all together night and day. Last thing you need to do is find change and be worrying about getting a ticket when you have got someone ill in hospital. Should be free parking no matter what."
Billy Potts said: "Parking charges should only be enforced during the normal working 8.00-6.00 hours and free for anyone receiving regular treatment."
Debra Riley added: "Hospitals should have free parking. You are not there for a laugh, you there for a reason
Gary Anderson continued: "Everyone that’s in hospital should be able to get a one token for a family member or themselves to park.
Terry N Kirsty Black wrote: "Deepest condolences to this gentleman and his family at this sad time.
"Glad to hear common sense has prevailed in the end but should never have came to this."