A SHELL-SHOCKED driver got a parking ticket as he filled up his car at a petrol station.
Erkan Ozpembe, 42, was targeted as he forked out £40 on diesel at the Shell Garage in Ley Street, Ilford, Essex.
Mr Ozpembe went to the cash machine on the forecourt to take out money to pay after filling up his tank.
The cash machine was out of order so he used the ATM of the shop next door before returning to the garage to settle up.
But Mr Ozpembe was stunned to receive a parking ticket totally out of the blue in the post.
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“I was only away for two or three minutes,” the local cafe manager said.
“I’d understand it if I had parked there all day but I was getting money out next door after their cash machine was not working.”
Outraged Mr Ozpembe appealed against the parking ticket and even attached a copy of his fuel receipt to the letter but has got nowhere.
He said Shell claimed that customers are warned that if they leave the site they’ll get a ticket.
“I want to warn other residents and motorists about what is going on,” insisted Mr Ozpembe.
“It is so unfair on the consumer and lots of people could find themselves in the same situation as me.”
He’s now vowed never to use the petrol station again after the astonishing incident.
Shell said the garage was not operated by the company but by St Albans-based Motor Fuel Group (MFG).
An MFG spokeswoman said: “We operate over 370 filling stations across the UK and some of our locations are situated in built-up areas whereby parking requirements warrant monitoring.
“MFG as a responsible business has developed a partnership with a number of parking management companies.
“We believe their procedures are compliant with the industry code of conduct and in this case regretfully we do not acknowledge this claim.”
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