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Family Outraged After Pub Charged Fine Because They Stayed Too Long For Lunch

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A family reportedly took so long having a leisurely holiday lunch at a pub near their home in the U.K. they were slapped with a hefty $600 parking fine.

Tina Hoskins, a teacher, was enjoying her meal with 23 family members who had united for their annual Christmas lunch at Brewers Fayre pub, near her home in Patchway, Bristol, U.K. Although they claim they didn't know, the pub’s parking lot has a strict three-hour maximum stay during daytime hours. They discovered this after four members of their party reportedly received letters a few days later informing them they were being fined the equivalent of $152 each for going over the time limit, reports The Mirror.

“I was livid when the bill came through,” Hoskins, 34, said. “I am outraged that they can charge you to park, especially considering the amount the party spent. I will not be paying this parking fine as I believe it to be a disgrace. Instead I will advise my family of a more friendly establishment for next year.”

The problem, Hoskins says, wasn’t that her family was having a wild time and refused to leave the pub. She says the restaurant delayed their food order for up to one hour, even though they had pre-ordered because of the size of the party.

Hoskins claims they arrived at the restaurant at 12:15 p.m. and weren’t served until 1 p.m. Although the pub claims its parking system requires that drivers enter their license plate numbers on a device at the bar, Hoskins says no one at the pub told them about this.

In total, seven of the drivers in their party reportedly received fines of £60 (roughly $90) if paid within 14 days, and were told those fees would shoot up to £100 (roughly $152) if not paid within those two weeks.

A spokesman for Brewers Fayre had the following to say: “We were sorry to hear about the car parking fines faced by Ms. Hoskins and her party while visiting the Bristol Concord Brewers Fayre in early December.

"Whilst there is signage in the shared car park — which is managed by a third party — as well as our restaurant, which clearly states the maximum length of stay and also highlights the option to sign-up for a further two hours of free parking for our guests, we appreciate this is a substantial fine that has marred an otherwise enjoyable dining experience.

"With this in mind, in this particular instance we would like to cover the cost of the fines as a gesture of goodwill to the party and look forward to welcoming them back to the restaurant in 2015."

Source: The Mirror / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons