Skip to comments.McParking row as slow eaters are fined
Posted on 12/11/2007 9:42:45 AM PST by rawhide
The question of just how long it should take to eat fast food is being answered by the burger giant McDonald's, which is making customers finish within 45 minutes or face a charge of £125.
Motorists who care to linger over their McMeals for any longer at some drive-throughs are receiving demands from a private company that manages car parks for the burger chain.
If they do not pay, the fee rises steadily and customers are threatened with court action and approached by bailiffs. A spokeswoman for McDonald's said the 45-minute restrictions had been introduced at about 40 restaurants because car parks were being abused. She said signs explaining the policy were displayed and leaflets given out...
...If they stay too long, the details of the registered keeper of the vehicle are obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and he or she is billed. An elderly Wiltshire couple were recently berated by Tesco after taking too long to do their Christmas shopping at the supermarket...
...One motorist, Jamie Thomson, told the Guardian of his experience at a McDonald's near Gatwick: "I ordered a burger, chips, a doughnut, coke and coffee. I sat in my car eating my lunch, and listening to the radio. After eating, I continued to sip my coffee for a time, and ate my doughnut. Then I left. All perfectly normal." He says he was in his car for about an hour.
Several weeks later, he received a letter from Civil Enforcement demanding £125, or £75 if the charge was paid quickly. At first Thomson, a businessman from Sussex, did not even realise that he was being charged for spending too long at McDonald's, as the notice gave only a partial address.
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At the new retail area next to the New England Patriots stadium, free parking is allowed for up to 2 hours but after that, motorists are fined $150—
to prevent people from parking there for football games.
WBZ-TV (whose parent company CBS is putting a fancy
restaurant at the complex): “For shoppers, parking will be available via the stadiums P9 entrance and Bass Pro Drive. If arriving before 7:30 p.m., shoppers can park in the retail parking until 9:30 p.m. Shoppers who arrive at Patriots Place between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. will receive a time stamped ticket, which will grant patrons at least two hours of free parking. Fans who try to park in retail parking during the game will be fined $150 when trying to exit the lot.”
Hour lunch. Nice.
I have to admit, I’ve never thought of going through a drive-through at a fast food place and then parking in the place’s lot to eat. If you’re going to eat there, why wouldn’t you just go inside? Isn’t this more like a drive-in restaurant, like Sonic?
Having said that, one of my biggest pet peeves is when places are stingy about parking. If I’m parking in the city, I’ll pay a reasonable fee (no more than $5) for an evening’s parking, if it’s not provided at whatever establishment I’m attending. I’ll also pay for parking at the airport if I drive there and it’s not a business trip. Anything beyond that and it’s most likely that I will skip going someplace rather than pay for parking. In this case, I think McDonald’s is way out of line and they’ll end up turning away more business than they’ll make from whatever kickbacks the parking company is sending them.
There was a fast food restaurant very near my college that had the same scam. They had a big empty parking lot between them and a very popular place to eat that didn’t have parking of its own. The lot was never so much as half full, but the restaurant would tow cars that parked there to go eat at the good place. I would guess that was a significant portion of the profits of the fast-food place. I first learned the meaning of the word “Schadenfreude” when the fast-food place finally went out of business.