Don’t park at McDonalds Billingsgate for more than 60mins

I had to phone to Mark Curtis, CEO of Flirtomatic. Before I called him, I pulled over to the nearest car park I could find on the way into London.

The location I selected turned out to be McDonalds Billingsgate — right there in the shadow of Canary Wharf, just outside the City of London.

I think I bought a diet coke at the drivethru (to ‘thank them for their business’) and then parked up and got out my new Orange N82 and phoned Mark.

Turns out that I was *there* for more than the allotted 60 minutes you’re given. I got a parking ticket — in the post — stating that I’d spent 90 minutes. And that isn’t allowed. Witness, then, a 50 quid fine payable to MET Parking Services. Total cost: 51 quid and change, including the diet coke.

And, to quote Edmund Blackadder, that’s “…As funny as getting an arrow through the neck and discovering there’s a gas bill tied to it.”


Don’t make the same mistake as I. Don’t make podcast calls from the McDonalds at Billingsgate.

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