Bloke’s McDonald’s meal cost him £100 after ‘eating it too slowly’ in car park

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    A man is furious after he was issued a £100 fine in a McDonald's car park after taking "too long" to eat his food.

    Shapour Meftah had agreed to meet his brother at a Maccy's in Cambridge which ending up being "the most expensive McDonald's" of his life.

    After ordering "quite a bit of food" from the restaurant, Shapour parked his car outside the McDonald's to chow down, thinking nothing of it.

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    However, only a few days later he was hit with two penalty notices through his letter box from a private parking company.

    UK Parking Control claimed Shapour was there for longer than the 90-minute's permitted for McDonald's customers, for two visits on the evening of January 4 and January 6, 2023.

    The charges added up to £100, which will double if the fine is not paid within a week, the company say.

    "It was parking from hell – the most expensive McDonald's I've ever had", Shapour told Cambridgeshire Live.

    "There's no sign inside McDonald's that says you have 90 minutes to sit down, eat and go. You don't want to rush your meal and we ordered quite a bit of food," he said.

    Shapour ventured back to the McDonald's to see if they could help, but they said their hands were tied.

    He said: "There's no way you can get help from them. I tried talking to them and they said it was nothing to do with them.

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    "There's no way on earth they'll help you."

    A representative from UK Parking Control said: "We have parking restrictions in place at a number of our restaurants, with a time limit to ensure there is adequate parking for all of our customers."

    They added: "Ample signage regarding these restrictions is clearly displayed both as you drive into the car park and on various lampposts within it."

    Sharpour has since appealed UK Parking Control's decision to issue the fine.

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