Big Mac and fines, please

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DRIV­ERS us­ing a Mc­Don­alds restau­rant found a burger and fries cost­ing them up to £100, thanks to an over-zeal­ous pri­vate park­ing firm.

The com­pany, tasked with mak­ing sure din­ers don’t over­stay, is­sued fines af­ter mon­i­tor­ing CCTV cam­eras at the diner.

But trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cers re­ceived a flood of com­plaints when it emerged cu­tomers were be­ing pe­nalised for us­ing the drive-thru twice in one day, and park­ing for 24 hours when they’d ac­tu­ally vis­ited on two sep­a­rate days.

A Mc­Don­alds spokesman for the fast food out­let on South Shore, Black­pool, said: “The re­stric­tions were put in place be­cause peo­ple left their cars for sev­eral hours while they went on shop­ping trips.

“It’s never our in­ten­tion for gen­uine cus­tomers to be charged.”

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