I will not be paying fine

Last week I went to Lidl on the way into Eastbourne for the first time.

As I drove into the car park I was confronted by a huge advert on the store’s wall boasting that the company now pay their staff the living wage and not the minimum wage.

I thought ‘about time too’ but was hoping Lidl had not doubled their prices to cover the cost.

When I got to the checkout, nothing unusual occurred which could make me even contemplate what lay ahead.

The cashier was a bit grim but there you are and I just thought that perhaps the increase in pay had not occurred yet for her.

The goods went through the till – still no inkling of what lay ahead until, with my money safely secure in the till the cashier said she had to have my car number.

I was unable to remember the car’s number. Maybe it could be that I had only just bought the vehicle or that I am well into pensionable age.

I was told that I would be fined if I did not go out in the pouring rain to make a written note of the much-needed registration number.

The fact that I was not dressed in suitable rain wear did not come into it.

I had just given a considerable portion of my wonderful pension which, incidentally equates to less than half the living wage, and I was being told to go and get dripping wet to get my car number and take it back into the store.

Never mind I am a customer. No ‘thanks for shopping at Lidl’ or ‘have a nice day’ just a threat that I should be fined if I did not comply!

Realising that she had waited until I had completed my purchases and did not have the opportunity to leave the items on the conveyer belt and walk off shouting the most non-repeatable obscenities (actually I have been better bred than to do that) about Lidl I just walked off saying ‘I don’t think so’ every time the cashier kept saying that I should be fined.

As I walked out of the store, several people came up to me and said ‘they will fine you’ and ‘Lidl don’t care since it is nothing to do with them’.

I just thanked them for their concern and asked them if they had been fined by Lidl.

They replied in the affirmative and I am still to reconcile why they still give Lidl their money.

Not one of them was angry or spoke about blockading the car park entrance with lorries until Lidl stopped this extortionate practice.

Apparently, if one does not succumb to the paying of the huge fine then bailiffs are sent round to remove your chattels.

As I shall not be paying the fine, nor shopping at Lidl again. I look forward to the ‘war’ with whoever calls at my home to attempt to steal my possessions.

Incidentally, how is it that the DVLA is allowed to divulge your address, could it be for money?

Also, Lidl have probably set up a company so it can be said that it is not anything to do with them.

I could well be wrong on the latter but if it is not then why the fuss collecting car registration numbers?

Furthermore, I should advise customers to keep hold of their receipts so that the time corresponds with the time the cameras reveal the vehicle is in the car park.

When the fine arrives make sure you send a photocopy of it together with the demand for £60 – or whatever it is – and tell them you will not be shopping at Lidl anymore.

Neither will you be entering into any further correspondence with them. And do not put a stamp on the envelope.

Peter Archer

Barnhorn Road

Little Common

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