Funeral Parking Fines: How To Be Totally Heartless

By Hazel Last edited 132 months ago
Funeral Parking Fines: How To Be Totally Heartless

You see a hearse with a coffin laid out nicely in the back coming towards you. You see several cars containing the mourning family and friends of the deceased following the hearse at a slow, respectful pace. Do you

a) take off your hat and bow your head as the cortege passes?

b) pretend not to see it and carry on as you were?

c) whip out your little notebook, start recording all the number plates you see and wait for the cars to stop before pouncing on them with parking tickets?

It was widowed pensioner Doreen Randall's extremely bad luck to encounter the Most Heartless Traffic Warden In The World on the day of her husband's funeral on 16 April this year. As the funeral service took place in St John the Baptist Church in Hampton Wick, the unidentified traffic warden began to stick penalty notices on the parked cars; he had been spotted in position before the cortege arrived and was apparently very diligent in his unpleasant little duties, according to vicar David Lund.

Seems like London ranks lower than Wigan in terms of human kindness: Reverent Lund went on record saying:

"I have never known anything like this. I have served in Liverpool, Manchester and Wigan, and they are not known for having kind parking attendants, but I have never seen this."

He didn't use the world vulture, but we're all thinking that, aren't we?

Richmond Council have, as can be expected, no comment and are insisting that only one parking ticket was issued that had any relevance to the funeral. That ticket is now being appealed against, and good luck to them in getting the parking penalty overturned: don't let it become legend that burying your husband of 53 years is still not enough to make a traffic warden act a teensy bit human.

Last Updated 08 May 2007


that church is in teddington not hampton wick

you crazy bloggers

Oliver Wood

On my way back from my first exam, which hadn't gone quite as well as I'd hoped, I spotted the local parking enforcers in kennington make a left turn over a busy dual carriageway junction from kennington road onto cleaver street, where there are clear signs on the traffic lights saying no-right turn. I gave the first officer who stepped out of the car small piece of my post-exam depressed mind, but she simply replied 'I wasn't driving the car.' She couldn't have just told the driver, she had to answer back. The parking attendents/moniters/'insert pluralised expletive here' drive round the local area like boy racers.

I want to know if I'm right in thinking that any minor hiccup in the way the traffic wardens behave can render the ticket they hand you powerless, e.g. if they are not dressed in the correct uniform etc. I wonder if this extends to driving around the local area dangerously like dicks.

I'm a cyclist and don't care much for cars, but the sad uneducated unskilled unproffesional behaviour of these people is really quite sickening and with them mostly working on commision their behaviour is going unchecked.

I would call these people sad Londoners: people in a job they don't want to be in, bullying others, taking liberties and making what is usually a difficult life in London that little bit harder.

Ctrl F-5

I was working in Chelsea and saw a hearse getting a ticket by 2 traffic wardens, this was whilst the coffin was being loaded into the back.

This was witnessed by several builders who walked straight up to the wardens not very happy, The ticket was soon destroyed and the wardens shuffled off quickly down the road.