Dominique Sampson, a care worker for the elderly, thought that she was doing a good deed the other day by stopping her car to help an elderly woman who had fallen over in the centre of Wilton.
Indeed she was, except from Nanny's point of view that is!
Dominique was spotted by a "parking ambassador", and promptly given a ticket.
Despite protesting to the"ambassador", Dominique was told that he had already written out her ticket and could not cancel it.
The "ambassador" helpfully suggested that Miss Sampson write to Salisbury district council, explaining what had happened, and the charge would "probably be waived".
No such luck.
Miss Sampson was told that Nanny's lackeys on the council were not going to waive the charge, because there was "no documentary evidence".
Miss Sampson said of her brush with Nanny:
"She (the elderly lady) was coming out of a fruit and veg shop and suddenly tripped and fell over.
I pulled up on the side of the road and went across to her.
I was with her two or three minutes, making sure she was alright.
She said she lived close-by and felt able to walk home.
She said she was OK.
I went back to my car to find a ticket on the windscreen.
I saw the ambassador nearby and explained to him why my car was there.
He told me he could not cancel the ticket because he had already written it out but,
in view of what I told him,
he suggested I write to the council explaining the circumstances and he felt sure the council would waive it."
Miss Sampson said she did just that and was furious when, a few days later, a parking fine arrived through the post.
"The council said that,
because there was no documentary evidence to back my explanation,
they would not cancel the charge."
A spokeswoman for Nanny confirmed that the letter had been sent, and said that the council was obliged to follow legal procedures.
Seemingly Miss Sampson should now appeal!
Quote from Nanny's lackeys:
"The appeal will be heard by an independent adjudicator
who can take into account the circumstances
The lady should ignore the claim for a fine and lodge an appeal,
when the next stage of the legal procedure will kick in."
Miss Sampson will definitely be lodging an appeal but, not unreasonably, is questioning why this could not have been done with the evidence the ambassador could have given thus saving the cost of an appeal.
As Bagpuss would insist I say: