Dad hit with £100 fine after visiting McDonald's twice in one day

Spencer Barclay visited the same McDonald's twice in one day
-Credit: (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)


A dad has been left seething after he was slapped with a £100 fine for popping into the same McDonald's twice in one day. Spencer Barclay, 54, swung by the fast food joint at the Metro Retail Park in Gateshead for a morning coffee before heading to work.

He then parked his car at nearby Metropolitan House, where he works as a software consultant, and used their free car park until the end of the day. On his way home from work after 5pm, he headed back to the same branch to grab his then-six-year-old son a Happy Meal.

He didn't think anything of his double trip until a few days later when he received a parking charge notice from UKPC claiming he had parked at the restaurant for a whopping eight hours and 43 minutes, reports Chronicle Live.

Spencer, from Benwell in Newcastle, was left fuming. He said: "This can clearly happen to anybody. I think they have got a camera that photographs you but the camera is a snapshot in time. It photographs you coming in and leaving.

"That's fine but what if you visit twice? If you visit McDonald's twice in a day you can get a £100 fine - that can't be right! How many other people have been unfairly treated for going for a happy meal?"

Spencer visited the fast food branch for a coffee at 8.25am on June 24, 2022. He returned shortly after 5pm to grab his son's meal.

Spencer with his UKPC fine
Spencer with his UKPC fine -Credit:Newcastle Chronicle

Just over a week later, the UKPC charge arrived, which claimed his Ford Galaxy had been parked at the restaurant from the morning until 5.09pm. The notice offered a 50 per cent discount for early payment within 14 days, after which the full £100 would be due.

Spencer challenged the fine and has been left "infuriated" by what he believes is a lack of evidence for his alleged all-day stay. He said: "They have got the photograph of me in the morning and at night but nothing in between. I want to see the video evidence to show I was in that car park for the whole of the day."

Spencer is adamant about proving his innocence and has called for a fairer system. He said: "My first thought was how can I prove it. We have got to put in a system that's fair - this isn't fair."

A spokesperson for McDonald's said: "We are sorry to hear about this customer's experience. The car park at our Metro Retail Park restaurant is run by a third party provider and we have made them aware of this issue. We understand that if the customer contacts the provider directly, their case will be considered under the appeals process".

Chronicle Live contacted UKPC for comment.

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