One shopper was furious and embarrassed after being accused of throwing around in the parking lot of an Aldi store.
Chris Whitworth, 49, of Chilwell, was fined by a law enforcement officer for walking into a supermarket in a retail park with his partner last month.
The couple had been to a garden center and decided to go to the supermarket. They parked their car before heading to the entrance.
On the way to the front door, Chris was approached by a law enforcement officer from Rushcliffe Borough Council. Nottinghamshire Live Reports.
“We got out of the car and went to the entrance. I heard this voice behind me say ‘Sorry, sorry’ – he showed his ID and said ‘I saw you drop something out of your car’.
“I said ‘not to the best of my knowledge’ unless something blew out my window and said I would go back to the car to check if there was anything on the floor.
“Then he told me that even if I picked it up, I would be fined, which I didn’t think was fair.
“But there was nothing. I looked everywhere and under the car – there was nothing. He was pretty angry and demanded that I give him my data, pretty forcefully.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” says Chris.
The council is on site and imposes fines according to an It has been reported that “terrible” amounts of rubbish have been found in the new retail park just off the Wheatcrofts roundabout.
Mr Whitworth says there were already half a dozen cigarette buds on the ground near the passenger side of the car that were there when the couple arrived and did not get out of their vehicle.
Despite his protests, Chris was fined £ 75, which could rise to £ 100, for allegedly throwing a cigarette bud out of his car window.
Even though he smokes, Chris said Nottinghamshire Live He didn’t smoke until he got out of the car and that neither he nor his partner purposely threw anything out the window.
He continued, “It was so embarrassing for both of us – I don’t think I want to go back now.
“I was right in the door when he approached me.”
Mr Whitworth also complains that the council enforcement officer did not wear a face covering during the exchange.
He is trying to appeal the fine, despite saying he had difficulty filing his complaints online with the system that the Rushcliffe Borough Council is currently in place.
A Rushcliffe Borough Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the case but cannot comment at this point until a possible appeal is filed.”