Santa gets parking ticket for towing his sleigh!

December 14th, 2008 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI  

London, December 14 (ANI): A charity fundraiser was issued a parking ticket after he left his car unattended to move a Santa sleigh on to a pavement.

Richard Walters, from West Bridgford Round Table in Nottingham, had towed the sleigh to set it up and alleged having gone for only couple of short minutes, reports the Sun.

The 38-year-old, who had found a parking ticket waiting for him on his return, dubbed the incident ridiculous explaining the Round Table members, who took turns to be Santa, gathered at the same spot every year to raise funds for local charities.

He said: Were a small organisation and this is our 50th year. Every year we work really hard to do this. We take it in turns to be Santa and we raise a few thousand pounds for local charities.

The shopkeepers have all backed me up - its just ridiculous. Even if I had been there slightly longer, like five or six minutes, its clear what I was doing.

However, Tim Cowen, director of communications for NCP Services that enforces parking in the area, said that they were sure the ticket had been given in accordance with the laws.

He added: The ticket was issued to a Land Rover that was unattended. It was parked on zigzag lines next to a pedestrian crossing. Thats a very dangerous form of illegal parking.

We are very sympathetic to his charitable work and we wish him well with that but we cannot condone dangerous parking in this way.

If he feels he has been treated unfairly we would urge him to appeal. We are absolutely confident that that ticket was issued correctly. (ANI)

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