On the run-up to Christmas, I popped down into Market Harborough on one of my many shopping trips and parked in the Sainsbury’s car park.
Thinking I would be in town for a while, I pushed the boat out and paid the £1.20 for three hours rather than my customary 70p for two.
On return to my car, fully laden with unnecessary Christmas purchases, I realised that I had been parked for less than one hour.
Being the season of good will, I decided that I would pass on my ticket to a little old lady who had just parked next to me.
“Thank you so much,” she said, happy at the prospect of two hours’ free parking, and I drove home with that lovely feeling that only a random act of kindness can bring.
But as I unpacked my shopping, I noticed a sticker on my passenger window.
A car park sticker.
The sticker that I had purchased that very day.
I had given the poor little old lady the wrong sticker.
She was parked in Sainsbury’s car park on an out-of-date sticker.
So if any of you know a lovely little old lady who is moaning about an aged hippy causing her to get a parking fine...
Tell her I’m sorry.
Column by Jon Pollard, aka Hippy Jon.