I’m sorry, Mr Briggs, but all your suffering in connection with your parking fine came about because of some basic mistakes on your part.
The first was the belief that car parks attached to shop premises are provided free of charge for people who ‘in theory’ shop at that particular store. There’s no theory about it – they are actually provided for real shoppers.
You admit to your failure to read the notices displayed, presumably mentioning the time limit which is more than adequate for genuine shoppers.
After these preliminary errors perhaps you should have realised that if you get a fine for breaking the rules it is a very good idea to pay it and not to wait for the company concerned to track you down and enforce the payment by legal means. Did you really think that if you didn’t pay up they would just forget about it? You say that ‘rightly or wrongly’ you have paid the charge. How could it be wrongly? You were liable for it under the car park owner’s rules and now you have, eventually, paid it.
Perhaps the most important piece of information to come out of your letter is the good news that Wickes does its best to keep its parking area (which is hardly large) available for its customers. Thank you, Wickes! In addition, if there are other misguided people they are now aware of possible (expensive) consequences. Thank you, Mr Briggs.
But please don’t expect sympathy.