'Jobsworth' parking warden criticised for giving an ambulance a ticket - video

25 July 2018, 15:53

By Tom Eames

A video of an ambulance being handed a parking ticket outside a Tesco has sparked outrage online.

This is the moment a parking warden issued a ticket to an ambulance that had parked on double yellow line, while paramedics took their first break in eight hours.

The ambulance workers for North West Ambulance Service parked outside the supermarket while on a shift to quickly head in for some water.

The video shows the warden issuing a ticket while the emergency worker says: "I've had nothing to drink and nothing to eat".

The heated exchange was filmed by an outraged passerby named Ian French, who claimed the attendant told him he was "proud" of giving the ticket.

Ambulance given parking ticket
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Ian said: "I felt so strongly about the unfairness of what was happening that I started filming on my iPhone, hoping to bring attention to what was happening to the hardworking paramedics.

"I believe they were just collecting some food and water eight hours into their shift. It is a private parking firm working for the landlord, who I believe owns the car park and the businesses around it.

"The parking enforcement signs were only installed a few weeks ago. The locals are not happy about it, nor are some of the businesses."

The incident occurred at Kingsmead Square, Northwich, Cheshire, at around 3pm on Tuesday (July 24).

Ambulance given parking ticket
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In the video, the warden is heard saying: "It's not on call - she was having lunch. Where's the sirens?

"They are getting some food so they are not on call are they?"

One paramedic appears and asks where she should park, as the van doesn't fit in any of the bays, apart from disabled spots.

She adds: "I've been on since quarter to seven this morning. I've had nothing to drink and nothing to eat, and now I'd like to go to Tesco to get some water."

He answered: "I understand, that's fine, you can do that, but you can't be parking on a double yellow line, can you?"

The attendant is thought to not work for Tesco, but for a private firm.