Father gets £165 parking fine after airport parking worker ‘used car for the school run’


  • Football coach left car with meet and greet firm at Heathrow during Finland trip
  • After his return, he discovered it had been illegally parked during his time away
  • Company he paid to look after his car says it is investigating the incident
  • His is the latest in a series of complaints by passengers angry at the firms 

Richard Spillett for MailOnline

Football coach Scott Baines is the latest air passenger to fall victim to unprofessional 'meet and greet' parking firms

Football coach Scott Baines is the latest air passenger to fall victim to unprofessional 'meet and greet' parking firms

Football coach Scott Baines is the latest air passenger to fall victim to unprofessional ‘meet and greet’ parking firms

A top football coach has become the latest victim of airport meet and greet firms after a parking attendant used his car on the school run.

Scott Baines, who coaches young footballers around the world, left his car at Heathrow while he was working in Finland in February this year.

But he was shocked to receive a £165 fine on his return after his car was illegally parked while he was away.

CCTV included as evidence with the parking fine shows his BMW outside a school, leading him to suspect the attendant used it to drop off his children.

Mr Baines, 34, of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, told The Sun: ‘Why was this guy driving my car around? He’s been caught red-handed.’

Airport Central Parking, with whom his car was left, has agreed to pay the fine and says it is investigating the incident.

Mr Baines works for Football Development schools, a company which provides coaching in partnership with Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.

His experience is the latest in the series of complaints about ‘meet and greet’ airport parking firms.

He left his car with a firm at Heathrow Airport while he flew to Finland for a coaching trip

He left his car with a firm at Heathrow Airport while he flew to Finland for a coaching trip

He left his car with a firm at Heathrow Airport while he flew to Finland for a coaching trip

Earlier this year, businessman Lee Jones took legal action after he returned to Manchester Airport to find hundreds of pounds worth of damage had been done to his Range Rover.

Last year, MailOnline revealed that firm Emirates Parking at Heathrow left cars in an open, abandoned field while advertising ‘fully secured, flood-lit premises’ attended ’24 hours a day’.

Motorist Sean Beckerleg meanwhile discovered his £50,000 Audi had been driven at 131mph after he left it at Gatwick.

 

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