A charity worker who parked her car “too early” in Bexleyheath's Asda store on Broadway has been issued a parking ticket.

Mrs Elliot, from Bexleyheath, said she arrived at the Bexleyheath store car park at 9.56am, “believing” the store opened at 10am on November 28.

The 51-year-old said she was later informed by Asda that she parked “too early” and parking was only “free after the store opens at 10.30am on Sundays.”

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She told the News Shopper: “They have a massive sign that says free parking, so I automatically thought it is free to park my car here.

“I felt sick to my stomach when I saw the ticket.

“I first thought it was a scam letter when I received it in the post.

“Asda told me that I parked too early and that parking is only accessible after the store opens at 10.30am every Sunday.

“I’m absolutely appalled by this.”

A spokesperson for Asda said there is a “clear” sign at the store which states that “customers can park for free up to three hours while the store is open.”

She said: “I have appealed for the ticket, but it makes me feel sick that I could potentially face a £70 fine at this time of year.

“It makes me cross people use this way to make money from it.

“It really is a scam, we’re just innocent people going shopping.”

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The spokesman for Asda said: “Customers can park at our Bexleyheath store free of charge for up to three hours whilst the store is open, including on Sundays.

“There is clear signage across the car park, and we would like to thank the majority of our customers who use the car park responsibly.''

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