Played the odds and lost today.
Usually I go supermarket shopping after 6pm when it’s free to park at Waitrose; often we shop at Sainsbury’s or Tesco’s where the parking is free; normally one of us has some coins on them or there’s a bag of them in the Seat.
This time, though, it was mid-afternoon, our pockets were empty (as car park charges were far from our minds) and we were in the Toyota. I scanned the car park and decided to risk it only to find a parking ticket on the window when we returned half an hour later.
Needless to say, there is now a small bag of coins in the Toyota.
I’ll be paying on time too so I “only” pay £40 instead of £80.
The amount hasn’t caused me too much shock as I’ve been recently beaten up by beer prices (£3.50 a pint at the Hobgoblin!) and have started paying £7 for pub lunches.
I think I’ll just write the £40 off as a little extra council tax for Wokingham District – maybe I’ll even indirectly benefit a little!