6/9/2006UK: Meter Maid Tickets Disabled Veteran at Hospital
A disabled UK war veteran is ticketed for parking at a hospital while having his injuries treated.
Glasgow, Scotland resident Mark Templeman, 44, is still being treated for a gunshot wound to his legs that he suffered while serving in the Royal Air Force during the 1982 Falkland Islands war. Templeman has a disabled parking permit because he is only able to walk very short distances. A meter maid, unimpressed with his service to the country, ticketed him for parking in a half-empty hospital lot at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary when Templeman had arrived for treatment. He parked in a half-empty doctor's lot because all of the disabled spaces were taken.
"I think this attendant must have thought he was a doctor as he told me that I could walk across the road," Templeman told the Glasgow Daily Record. "I told him I couldn't walk from the other car park to the hospital as my legs are badly injured. The attendant then told me to '[expletive] myself'.
Templeman has parked in the hospital lot several times with the permission of the hospital. He ignored the meter maid and received a £20 (US $36) ticket. "These parking fines are just a tax on patients," Templeman said.