‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’
That’s how the expression goes anyway but as one parking attendant in Harrogate found on Saturday (August 9), to his dismay, this isn’t always the case.
The worker was left displeased and disgruntled as he watched his ticket machine on Montpellier Hill malfunction and promptly began shedding hundreds of free tickets.
After 15 minutes of the spectacle, the power was finally cut leaving the harassed official with a red face and hundreds of free tickets.
If the situation wasn’t unfortunate enough, a crowd gathered in amusement to watch his battle, proving beyond any doubt that misery truly does loves company.
The crowd included John Graham, 71, who said: “I’d been camping locally with my wife and we decided to go in to the centre for the day.
“As we walked around the corner near Bettys Tea Room we saw the machine.
“The machine was printing continuously and these tickets just kept on coming. I would say that it was coming out at a ticket a second.
“At the start there was no parking attendant but I think someone must have alerted them.
“When he showed up he got straight on the radio and started getting quite stressed - much to the amusement of all the onlookers.”
Mr Graham was one of many who made sure the incident would live long in the memory as he took pictures as the crowds gathered.
He added: “It must have been going on for about 15 minutes. It was just spewing these tickets all over the floor and the attendant did not see the funny side.
“Eventually he opened the machine and I don’t know what he did but he managed to switch the power off.
“The crowd were all laughing and everyone was getting their phones out. He was definitely having a bad ticket day.”