Motorists falling-foul of Manchester City Council's parking regulations have rushed to report their delight with the Council's new range of festive parking tickets.
'At first when I saw that the parking warden was laughing as he slapped the ticket on my car for being 15 seconds over the time allowed I was furious, but when I managed to scrape it off my windscreen I just collapsed with laughter when I saw the strapline of 'You're in one of Rudolf's parking spaces' said Mike Maloney who was visiting the city for the first time so that he could buy his disabled mother a new walking frame. I paid the £60 charge instantly, so mum will have to wait a few weeks before I can afford the frame.'
Other ticketed motorists also added to Maloney's praise for the Council officers 'When my three month old son had an epileptic fit whilst we were driving along Oxford Road we decided to abandon our car outside A&E and rush him in for urgent treatment, but despite leaving an explanatory notice on the windsreen we were clamped and had to pay £300 to be released.When we saw that the Council parking ticket was sponsored by the Ho Ho Ho Massage Parlour we just fell about laughing and have decided to raise the £300 towards the funeral from our credit card.'
'The launch of festive parking tickets has definitely helped motorists to see the funny side of large parking fines and being clamped' said the Council's chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein 'But even we were stunned when a bit fat bloke in a red suit parked his sledge on double yellows outside the orphans home. Fortunately our parking wardens have impounded it until new year, but sadly the reindeers strapped to it had to be put-down by the RSPCA. Some people are so thoughtless but fortunately we managed to catch the guy later under drink-driving regulations and it was confirmed he had consumed a glass or two of sherry.'