Sainsbury's charge customers up to 33p per minute for parking
Bitterwallet reader Lynda has sent us a photo taken at her local Sainsbury's in Kettering. The supermarket has just unveiled new parking charges for customers:
At £50 for 150 minutes, that's 33p per minute. It might be a mistake. If it's not, is this an indication that businesses are backing away from using private towing and clamping companies? Given the dubious nature that many of these companies appear to operate under, imposing ludicrous parking charges themselves would be one way for Sainsbury's to profit from the situation without the rotten publicity - stating the fees in public makes the process transparent. It's obviously a deterrent to stop people parking up to then shop elsewhere, but a £50 car park charge is hardly going to see people sending bouquets of flowers, now is it?