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2013-02-04 09:47

NOTORIOUS ATTENDANTS: Parking wardens in the UK are known for dishing out hefty fines - and not listening to explanations.

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Driver Lesley Mair didn’t think twice when she saw a woman collapse in the street and just jumped out of her car.

According to the London Daily Mail, a parking warden in Edinburgh still thought she deserved a ticket for leaving her vehicle in a reserved disabled bay.

Mair, 43, abandoned her car in Portobello High Street when she saw a young woman sprawlface down on the pavement. After helping the woman recover in a nearby bank, Mair returned to her car only to discover she had been fined for illegal parking.


"I thought the girl was dead at first," she told the Mail, "but after a while she regained consciousness and I think she’d had a seizure or blacked out. I panicked and parked quickly to get to her. Two people arrived to help at the same time and when she came round she was a bit groggy and dazed.

"She was complaining of stomach pains so we took her into the Bank of Scotland to keep her warm and called an ambulance. While we were in there, I noticed I was getting a parking ticket – it had been a matter of moments.

"My only concern was for the lady on the street, I wasn’t looking where I was parking," said Mair.

The Daily Mail reported that management at NSL – bosses of the city’s parking attendants - said they were "entirely satisfied that their attendant acted in a sympathetic and professional way".


Mair on the other hand, branded her treatment as "yet another example of an over-zealous parking attendant who was chasing commission".

"The parking attendant must have looked over and seen the commotion going on. I am utterly appalled by the lack of consideration given by this man who, when I told him the situation, just shrugged his shoulders and turned his back on me," she said.

The ll-woman was taken to hospital by paramedics and her condition is still unknown said the Daily Mail.

Onlookers said that they were astonished as they watched the parking attendant move in on the car. A shop-worker who had a clear view of the incident said: "We saw the woman being helped by some people and then being taken into the bank. Next thing there was a parking attendant looking at the cars and he started writing out tickets.”

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh’s transport convener, said: "If Miss Mair was assisting with a medical emergency we will of course cancel the ticket when she raises it with us. We will also take her comments regarding the conduct of the parking attendant seriously and will investigate the matter."

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