Heavily pregnant woman fined for parking in mother and child bay

A shocked mum-to-be was fined after parking her car in a mother and child bay outside a supermarket, it has been reported.

The woman, who is nine months pregnant, visited the Asda in Reading on March 9, leaving her vehicle in one of the reserved spaces near to the entrance because all the conventional bays available were too far away from the store.

But when she returned to her car she found she had been slapped with a parking ticket.

The 23-year-old, named only as Olivia, said she spoke to the manager and parking attendant to appeal the decision but claimed she was met with a rude response.

“He was incredibly rude and told me I didn’t count as a parent yet,” she said.

“The manager then even said if I hadn’t been pregnant he might not have even given me a ticket as I look so young and the upper age is 12.

“I was so outraged when he said that. Being told I look young enough to be considered a child is disgusting.”

Responding to the incident, Smart Parking, which runs the car park, said, “Parent and child bays are provided to assist parents with young children. They are designed with more space, so to allow parents with young children, prams and pushchairs to more easily get in and out of their cars.”