Furious BMW driver causes £4,000 in damages after being charged £4 for parking

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The woman was unhappy about a £4 parking ticket at West Quay shopping centre in Southampton. She tried to lift the parking barrier herself causing £4,000 worth of damage, police said.

Officers were called to the incident when the driver of a white BMW X6 – retailing at around £60,000 – was left fuming about the ticket price.

The “moment of madness” has now left the driver likely to be responsible for repair costs, police added.

Writing on Twitter, an officer said: “Called out to an incident of a car park customer who unhappy to pay a £4 parking cost, tried to force up the barrier themselves, creating an estimated £4,000 worth of damage – which they’ll now likely be liable for.

“A moment of madness can come at quite a cost.”

It happened at around 6.40pm on Sunday.

A police spokesperson added: “A woman driving a white BMW X6 tried to manually force open an exit barrier at West Quay car park causing damage to it.

“A 41-year old woman from Chilworth was spoken to at the scene by officers and will be attending a voluntary interview at a later date in connection with the incident.”

The news comes after a taxi driver was ordered to pay £2,700 in repair costs after he smashed a Glasgow airport ticket machine that charged him £4 for parking.

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Atif Amin became enraged after he was told he must pay a £4 charge for using the drop-off, pick-up facility.

The taxi driver was adamant that his disability parking badge allowed him free entry into the NCP car park.

After being told that he must pay the charge, Amin smashed the display screen of the payment machine with a torch, causing £2,700 worth of damage.

Procurator fiscal depute Amber Feeney told Paisley Sheriff Court the incident took place at the NCP car park within Glasgow Airport around 5.20am on January 4 last year.

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Ms Feeney explained: “Witnesses were working in the NCP Main Office when the accused’s car approached the drop-off and pick-up point and pressed the intercom button.

“He was informed he had to pay £4 to use the drop-off, pick-up area.

“Amin advised he was dropping off his mother and that he had a disabled badge on display.

“The witness further stated that the badge didn’t allow payment exception and the accused became irate and began punching the screen with his fist.

“Amin then grabbed a torch from his vehicle and smashed the display four times, causing it to smash.”

The court heard that the aggrieved father of two then went on to pay the £4 parking fee to get access.

Ms Feeney added: “Police were contacted due to the damage done to the machine.

“The amount of damage totalled £2,700.

“Police viewed CCTV and took note of his registration number and when interviewing the accused, he stated ‘The parking man refused to lift the barrier.’

“He was not cautioned and charged at that time.”

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