Hello Betelgeuse - thank you for your time
May I ask you about this -
It's not a fine. Parkkipate is a private company and only only city officials can give you fines. It's a private contract dispute. You agree to the contract based on the signs in the Supermarket. This system exists because the parking space is on private land and the landlord can control parking through private contracts.
I do understand that retail shops need to control parking, there needs to be parking spaces for potential customers.
The, 'S-Supermarket', car park was 60% empty - we were not stopping anyone from parking and shopping.
If we had unfortunately stayed longer that the two hours allowed, I would be pretty cross that we had incurred a, 'private contract dispute' but would have accepted that we had gone over our allowed time, and reluctantly paid.
But - we did not overstay - we stayed approx 35 minutes and have offered proof (the time we checked into the local hotel and the time stamp on our till receipt), to Parkkipate, that it was physically impossible for us to have been in the, 'S-Supermarket' car park, for more than two hours.
Also - if we did not understand the signage in the car park, and we have explained this to Parkkipate, the response is pretty harsh. I don't know what people feel in Finland, but, to us, 60 Euros is a large amount of money.
English does seem to be the, 'Lingua Franca', in Finland - a short notice under the Parkkipate sign, with -
'Don't forget to set your arrival time on your Parking Clock, before leaving your vehicle', would help the many foreign tourists that must fall foul of this signage.
Foreign tourists must be, 'easy pickings', for Parkkipate
Parkkipate is draconian in its attitude and approach to foreign visitors.
We will look at our rental agreement and see what we can find with regard to what the Rental Company may or may not do.
Once again, Thank you for your time.