A driver was issued an £80 parking fine after paying for three hours and being given a ticket valid for only seven minutes.
Doug Forbes stopped at a car park in Gloucester and paid £2.50, which he thought would cover him for three hours while he went for dinner.
However, upon returning around 90 minutes later, he was greeted with a parking charge notice.
Doug had bought his ticket at 5.54pm and paid for three hours.
However, the ticket was valid until only 6.01pm due to the car park’s overnight charge, which is a flat rate starting at 6pm.
Gloucestershire Live reports that Doug had fallen foul of this charge.
Doug explained that he and his companions had visited Cheltenham and then Gloucester and had looked at the sign and put the money in.
The sign stated that it was £2.50 for three hours, and they thought it would be cheaper to pay for three hours instead of waiting for the cheaper rate.
Doug overpaid for parking, and if he had waited for five minutes, it would have been £1.50 for the whole night until 7am in the morning.
Gloucester City Council has not responded to requests for comment, and a spokesperson for the council previously explained that Southgate Moorings Car Park operates two tariffs, a daytime rate until 6pm and an evening rate from 6pm until 7am.
Customers can pay for both the daytime and evening rate at the same time at the machine if they intend to stay beyond 6pm, and the “Just Park” app allows customers to pay for the daytime and evening rate in one transaction for their stay.