Bungling council workers have been slammed for erecting no parking signs with a vital full stop missing which has led to confused motorists being fined.
Drivers have been left scratching their heads after the signs appeared in Ludlow, Shropshire, reading: "No Parking Enforcement In Operation."
Residents living in the quaint market town have taken the notice to mean they are allowed to pull up at the car park in Castle Square.
But the poorly punctuated sign was intended to inform motorists there's actually no parking and enforcement was in effect under coronavirus measures.
As a result, fines have been dished out to people who have wrongly interpreted the warning — despite it being a grammatical error.
Lib Dem Councillor Andy Boddington, who represents Ludlow North, said: "The sign should have read 'No parking. Enforcement in operation'.
"For want of a full stop, a message was lost and parking fines were issued. It was obviously confusing.
"I would encourage anybody who's got parking tickets to challenge it. I think it was just put up in a hurry.
"We are dealing with Covid-19, we're a very small town with very narrow streets and we're trying to clear up enough space for traders to work."
He went on: "We have market stalls and other things and we're trying to free up space throughout the town centre.
"The whole operation was literally done in days and you make mistakes when you do things in days."
Local resident Angela Rennie, 39, a mum-of-three, said she had read the sign to mean parking restrictions had been relaxed during the coronavirus pandemic.
She said: "I've actually parked there, but luckily I wasn't fined. If I had been though, I would have fought it all the way.
"As it stands, that sign means you can park there surely.
"It's their error and it just shows how a simple full stop can completely change the meaning of a message."
The news comes as experts warn of an extreme lockdown needed to prevent a second spike in coronavirus deaths.
Researchers' worst-case scenario shows a projected 350,000 deaths if no control measures are maintained.