Northampton traffic warden lets off driver after begging to not be fined after ticket machine issue

A grateful motorist has shared the kind-hearted note she received from a traffic warden after begging not to be fined. 

The driver – known as ‘Lyd’ on Twitter – struggled with the ticket machine at the Midsummer Meadow car park in Northampton, on Friday.

She paid £1 for one ticket and 60p for the other, as well as a note in her windscreen explaining what happened in a bid to not get slugged with a fine of up to £70.

In her note, Lyd explained: ‘I tried to pay for 2 hours but didn’t work so had to get 2 separate at same time.’

A traffic warden has let off a motorist who left a note begging not to be hit with a fine after struggling to get ticket machine to work at the Midsummer Meadow car park in Northampton, on Friday

A traffic warden has let off a motorist who left a note begging not to be hit with a fine after struggling to get ticket machine to work at the Midsummer Meadow car park in Northampton, on Friday

A traffic warden has let off a motorist who left a note begging not to be hit with a fine after struggling to get ticket machine to work at the Midsummer Meadow car park in Northampton, on Friday

‘Pls don’t give me a ticket,’ she wrote, along with a sad face.   

When Lyd returned to the car park, a yellow sticker was attached to the windscreen and she worst was feared. 

But on opening the package, she was relieved to discover a very rare act of mercy had been shown.

The warden had written: ‘Good afternoon. Okay, this time I’ll give you,’ along with a smiley face.

They added: ‘It’s important you remember that should this happen in the future you MUST phone the number on the board next to the machine.’

The warden wrote the number and signed off the note with ‘Have a good rest of the day.’ 

The driver - known as 'Lyd' on Twitter - struggled with the ticket machine at the car park. She paid £1 for one ticket and 60p for the other, as well as a note in her windscreen explaining what happened in a bid to not get slugged with a fine of up to £70

The driver - known as 'Lyd' on Twitter - struggled with the ticket machine at the car park. She paid £1 for one ticket and 60p for the other, as well as a note in her windscreen explaining what happened in a bid to not get slugged with a fine of up to £70

The driver – known as ‘Lyd’ on Twitter – struggled with the ticket machine at the car park. She paid £1 for one ticket and 60p for the other, as well as a note in her windscreen explaining what happened in a bid to not get slugged with a fine of up to £70

The warden wrote in their reply: 'It's important you remember that should this happen in the future you MUST phone the number on the board next to the machine.' They also signed off the note with 'Have a good rest of the day' (Pictured: Midsummer Meadow car park)

The warden wrote in their reply: 'It's important you remember that should this happen in the future you MUST phone the number on the board next to the machine.' They also signed off the note with 'Have a good rest of the day' (Pictured: Midsummer Meadow car park)

The warden wrote in their reply: ‘It’s important you remember that should this happen in the future you MUST phone the number on the board next to the machine.’ They also signed off the note with ‘Have a good rest of the day’ (Pictured: Midsummer Meadow car park) 

Lyd took to Twitter to share photographs of the notes with the caption: 'Thanks for understanding x.' One of her followers, who likely had not had an merciful encounter with a traffic warden, responded: 'I f****** hate you,' to which Lyd tweeted back: 'Thanks so much'

Lyd took to Twitter to share photographs of the notes with the caption: 'Thanks for understanding x.' One of her followers, who likely had not had an merciful encounter with a traffic warden, responded: 'I f****** hate you,' to which Lyd tweeted back: 'Thanks so much'

Lyd took to Twitter to share photographs of the notes with the caption: ‘Thanks for understanding x.’ One of her followers, who likely had not had an merciful encounter with a traffic warden, responded: ‘I f****** hate you,’ to which Lyd tweeted back: ‘Thanks so much’

Lyd took to Twitter to share photographs of the notes with the caption: ‘Thanks for understanding x.’

One of her followers, who likely had not had an merciful encounter with a traffic warden, responded: ‘I f****** hate you,’ to which Lyd tweeted back: ‘Thanks so much’.

Although very rare, such a show of understanding is not unique.

In December last year, Ross Crombie-Noble from Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria left his car overnight on double yellow lines outside his partner’s home. 

Instead of receiving a charge, he received a note from the warden saying: ‘Merry Christmas, enjoy not getting a ticket.’ 

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