Parking fine for aiding pensioner

Bournemouth Echo: Steve Paddon stops to help Mick White Steve Paddon stops to help Mick White

THERE have been instances when people have been lambasted for walking past and not going to the aid of a victim when an incident is happening.

Critics have said ‘why didn’t they help that person?’ or ‘how could they look the other way in that person’s moment of need?’ Perhaps Steve Paddon’s case may shed some light on this issue. Electrician Steve saw a pensioner struggling as his mobility scooter was stuck in a ditch.

He did what hopefully most of us would have done and helped the 75-year-old.

Unfortunately Steve had left his van on double yellow lines.

And he was duly snapped by a passing camera car and fined £75.

Borough of Poole says that any vehicle parked in this manner will automatically receive a penalty charge.

Steve was helping someone, so you would have thought the matter would have been ditched long before this.

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12:47pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Derf says...

OK Echo, now in the interests of a balanced story, would you care to publish the full facts of the story, i.e the driver of the van openly admitted he parked on the restriction PRIOR to the event with the mobility scooter, or does that not sit with your agenda of over sensationalising something in order to lambast the public sector at every chance?
OK Echo, now in the interests of a balanced story, would you care to publish the full facts of the story, i.e the driver of the van openly admitted he parked on the restriction PRIOR to the event with the mobility scooter, or does that not sit with your agenda of over sensationalising something in order to lambast the public sector at every chance? Derf

3:14pm Mon 5 Nov 12

ctrewyou says...

As reported elsewhere, the pensioner was his father-in-law, and he had stopped to load up the van with fence panels, when the problem with the scooter developed. He did not stop to help the pensioner. This does seem to be something of a sensationalist story, but your job is to sell papers, not present a balanced view, I suppose.
As reported elsewhere, the pensioner was his father-in-law, and he had stopped to load up the van with fence panels, when the problem with the scooter developed. He did not stop to help the pensioner. This does seem to be something of a sensationalist story, but your job is to sell papers, not present a balanced view, I suppose. ctrewyou

3:39pm Mon 5 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

Who penned this ridiculous "opinion" piece today? Whoever it was should go on a basic journalism course as the first thing to do with any story is to get the facts right!
The van driver was already parked there illegally and the guy on his mobility scooter is the drivers future father in law! You've made it sound like he was a good Samaritan helping a stranger in need. He wasn't.
Honestly, we never had this kind of rubbish editorial being printed when Neal Butterworth was in charge. The completely anonymous new editor in chief Toby Maguire should clear his desk and head for the dole office as the standards have gone through the floor in the last year. And why was Neal Butterworth pushed out? To save money of course.
Well Newsquest, you get what you pay for. No wonder your sales are tailing off so badly when the reporting is at times abysmal.
Who penned this ridiculous "opinion" piece today? Whoever it was should go on a basic journalism course as the first thing to do with any story is to get the facts right! The van driver was already parked there illegally and the guy on his mobility scooter is the drivers future father in law! You've made it sound like he was a good Samaritan helping a stranger in need. He wasn't. Honestly, we never had this kind of rubbish editorial being printed when Neal Butterworth was in charge. The completely anonymous new editor in chief Toby Maguire should clear his desk and head for the dole office as the standards have gone through the floor in the last year. And why was Neal Butterworth pushed out? To save money of course. Well Newsquest, you get what you pay for. No wonder your sales are tailing off so badly when the reporting is at times abysmal. The Renegade Master

4:07pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Derf says...

Just as well I only read this guff online.
I'd hate to think I was instrumental in the chopping down of perfectly good trees in order to facilitate this key stage 2 level of 'journalism'
Just as well I only read this guff online. I'd hate to think I was instrumental in the chopping down of perfectly good trees in order to facilitate this key stage 2 level of 'journalism' Derf

4:33pm Mon 5 Nov 12

John T says...

Don't miss tomorrow's exciting sequel:
'Journalistic Licence fine for aiding and abetting parking cheat'
Don't miss tomorrow's exciting sequel: 'Journalistic Licence fine for aiding and abetting parking cheat' John T

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