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Woman ordered to pay £149 in coins after spending just five minutes in airport car park

It's no secret that car parks can be incredibly expensive - no matter where you are.
Be it a hospital car park, a shopping centre, or in this case an airport, if you want to leave your car somewhere for a while, you're going to have to pay a price.
But one woman had a real shock when she went to leave Bristol Airport's drop-off car park recently and prepared to pay the £1 fee to lift the barrier, reports Bristol Live.
The monitor on the pay machine didn't want her to pay just £1, instead it demanded Susanne Willdig hand over a whopping £149.
Ms Willdig says she was in the airport car park for less than five minutes - that equates to a parking rate of £1,788 an hour.
And there was another catch - the £149 had to be paid in coins because the machine didn't accept cards.
Like most people who might find themselves in a situation like this, Susanne Willdig did not have 149 pound coins in her car or 74 £2 coins for that matter.
In a bit of a dilemma, a queue of cars quickly began to form behind her at the exit.
After getting no response from the assistance button, and with a two-year-old in the back seat of her car, she decided to seek help from a police officer in the car park.
"He radioed around, talked to their central office and eventually they let me out," she said.
"He reckoned the machine simply didn't like my number plate, which is a standard plate so I'm not sure why - that's never happened before."
Ms Willdig added: "I took a photo of the machine asking for £149 in coins - who has that?!
“I wasn’t overly worried that I’d have to pay as it was clearly false, but my two-year-old wasn’t too happy being stuck there."
A spokesperson for Bristol Airport confirmed that the issue was with the Number Plate Recognition camera system not recognising Ms Willdig’s car number plate properly.
They said: "The passenger has a non UK standard number plate (square not oblong) which meant the automatic number plate recognition system could not read the registration correctly."
The spokesperson added: “Staff did respond on the intercom but the passenger had already exited the car and was speaking to the police officers, the car park team raised the barrier for the passenger to exit the car park."

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