11/2/2006UK: Bank Customer Held Hostage Given Parking Ticket
A man held up in a UK bank robbery is given a parking ticket for overstaying his time at a meter.
A pair of ax and machete-wielding bank robbers held customers hostage at Lloyds TSB Bank in Bolton, Lancashire, UK. Customers were forced to the ground as a cashier held at ax-point handed the robbers cash.
This, combined with the following police investigation, caused Fred Holt, 77, to overstay his time at a nearby parking meter by twenty minutes. Although local police told meter maids not to issue tickets, Holt found a £30 (US $57) fine on his windshield
"I was furious when I saw the penalty notice on the windscreen," Holt told the Lancashire Telegraph. "After what happened in the bank it was the last thing I needed."
Bolton council refused to cancel the fine immediately, instead saying the matter required investigation.