LETTER: Upset over threat of fine

Last week I went to Lidl on the way into Eastbourne for the first time. When I got to the checkout, nothing unusual occurred which could make me even contemplate what lay ahead.

The goods went through the till – still no inkling of what lay ahead until, with my money safely secure in the till the cashier said she had to have my car number.

I was unable to remember the car’s number. Maybe it could be that I had only just bought the vehicle or that I am well into pensionable age.

I was told that I would be fined if I did not go out in the pouring rain to make a written note of the much-needed registration number.

I had just given a considerable portion of my wonderful pension which, incidentally equates to less than half the living wage, and I was being told to go and get dripping wet to get my car number and take it back into the store.

Realising that she had waited until I had completed my purchases and did not have the opportunity to leave the items on the conveyer belt and walk off shouting the most non-repeatable obscenities (actually I have been better bred than to do that) about Lidl I just walked off saying ‘I don’t think so’ every time the cashier kept saying that I should be fined.

As I walked out of the store, several people came up to me and said ‘they will fine you’ and ‘Lidl don’t care since it is nothing to do with them’.

I just thanked them for their concern and asked them if they had been fined by Lidl.

They replied in the affirmative and I am still to reconcile why they still give Lidl their money.

Not one of them was angry or spoke about blockading the car park entrance with lorries until Lidl stopped this extortionate practice.

Apparently, if one does not succumb to the paying of the huge fine then bailiffs are sent round to remove your chattels.

I shall not be paying the fine, nor shopping at Lidl again.

Peter Archer

Barnhorn Rd, Little Common

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