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Woman escapes €70,000 parking fine

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Woman escapes €70,000 parking fine
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14:28 CEST+02:00
A woman who left her car in a parking lot for nine years escaped with a fine of €7,000, instead of the nearly €70,000 she would owe if she had been charged the standard €20 per day, it was reported this week.

The car park operator appears to have made a conscious decision to hold out on issuing the fine. “The lady isn’t insolvent. She has a job and money,” managing director of the Bavaria Parkgaragen company Claus Schnell said, by way of an explanation for not taking action sooner.

If she had of paid the full amount, the operator would have stung the woman with €69,440, Munich-based Abendszeitung reported.

While Schnell acknowledged that it was unusual for a person not to collect their car, he said “such cases occur from time to time.” His operating company oversees 22 garages with a total of 12,226 parking spots.

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