McDonald’s customer hit with £2k in parking fines after buying Happy Meal

A pensioner ended up with bailiffs at his door and more than £2,000 in charges after taking his grandson for a £1.99 Happy Meal.

The four-year-old fines were imposed after retired businessman John Babbage took Tyler, now 12, to a shopping centre for a McDonald’s, in their home town of Luton, Beds.

John, 75, had a snooze in the car park while the lad played with friends before getting his food.

However, cameras showed he'd gone over the two-hour parking limit by 17 minutes, according to The Mirror.

The first he and his wife Libby, 71, knew about it was when bailiffs turned up at his home with a van to take their belongings.

Debt collection company DCBL – featured in Channel 5 series Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! – were there because four £100 fines were sent to an address that does not exist and the debt was handed to them.

After lumping on another £1.651 in charges the company caught up with the couple at their home.

John says there will be no more Happy Meals, adding: "It’s been a nightmare."

Libby said: "There was a knock at 8.30am. I knew you’re not obliged to let them in, but it was terrifying."

As then frightened pair stood firm and refused entry to the bailiffs Libby called DCBL's head office but staff refused to believe they'd never received the tickets.

The couple later learned Highview Parking, which runs the car park John used, had obtained a county court judgement against them before the bailiffs turned up.

Now the case is due in court next month.

McDonald's said it doesn't own the car park but has asked the operator to review the fine.

The Daily Star has contacted Highview Parking for comment.

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