Thursday, February 05, 2009

Wayne Rooney escapes £60 parking fine

Click Liverpool
England footballer Wayne Rooney escaped a 60 pound parking fine after the manager at a hotel where he was staying stepped-in and got him off with it.

The superstar striker had taken his wife Coleen for a relaxing weekend at the Plush Vincent hotel in Southport as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
On Saturday night Wayne's silver Range Rover Sport was parked in a pay-and-display bay, but it didn't require a ticket from the machine as it was after 6pm.
Next morning his 80,000-pounds motor was still in the pay-and-display bay near the hotel but the Manchester United star did not get up in time to buy a ticket.

After noticing a traffic warden had started to write out a fixed penalty for the car the hotel front of house manager rushed out to plead Wayne's case.

After explaining who the car belonged to via radio to her senior officer Malcolm Ball, the blonde warden was then ordered to rip up the ticket and ignore the parking offence.

The attendant said: "The vehicle should have been issued with a penalty as it did not have a valid parking ticket.

"I was in the process of writing out the fine when I spoke to my boss and was ordered not to give one out."

One onlooker said: "Is it one rule for one and another for footballers?

"You would expect every driver to be treated the same but obviously not when it comes to Wayne Rooney.

"A £60 fine for a Premiership footballer is nothing. It knocks you sick.

"There is no way me or any other person would have been given such a let off. How can the council justify this?"

Hoping to cover his tracks Rooney had a mate shift the 80,000 silver sports car and replace it with his black BMW X5.

The couple checked out of the hotel this morning helped to their second vehicle by the hotel front of house manager Mr Ray Kaim Bacher who spoke to the attendant.

Mr Bacher, claims he did rush out to speak to the traffic attendant but says he would do it for most guests.

He said: "The car in question had been left in the space opposite the hotel by one of our valet parking.

"I walked and had a word with the traffic warden as the owners were getting ready to leave for the day and would only be a moment.

"We do that for most of our guests on a regular basis. It's just part of the service."

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: "We are in discussion with our parking contractor about what happened on this occasion.
"We have however, recently asked the contractor to be a bit more tolerant in this particular area as the parking restrictions are currently under review."

A spokeswoman from parking contractor Legion Group, confirmed it was one of their attendants involved but refused to comment any further.

No comments:

Blog Archive

only search Neil Herron Blog