As our readers will know on some occasions I like to visit our local bingo hall, this is the Mecca Bingo hall in York. As it is quite a trek, my friends and I usually travel by car which means using the parking facilities at the club. A recent news article caught my eye in the Scunthorpe Telegraph because it mentioned the parking at a Gala Bingo club and how a player had been fined a massive £85!
Reading the story I couldn’t help but notice the likeness to my most recent visit to the Mecca club in York. Although we don’t go often, previously it had simply been a case of park the car, go into the hall, buy your tickets and play the game. However, my husband had noticed that there were numerous signs in the club advertising the new parking system and how your car registration had to be entered into a keypad as you entered the club.
This he did and that was the end of the matter, we played bingo, he won £100 and we went home. However, for Melanie Morris this was not the case following a visit to the Winterton Road Gala Bingo hall in Scunthorpe on 17th November.
A couple of months after her visit she received a letter from a London firm demanding that she pay £85 because her car had been in the car park but not registered to a patron of the Gala Bingo hall. It turns out that despite notices going up in the club 10 days prior to the implementation of the changes and stage announcements being made at regular intervals, Miss Morris was not aware that she had to register her car and as such received the fine. (Read the full story here).
Now whilst this is all very frustrating for the customer in question, judging by how well the Mecca Bingo club I frequent made their patrons aware of the changes, I doubt that the Gala Bingo club in Scunthorpe would have done any less.
Miss Morris even says that she posted on a social media site about the fine and found four others had suffered a similar fate. These numbers alone would suggest that they are in the minority which indicates ‘user error’ rather than the Gala Bingo club being at fault in my opinion!