A woman said she will not go back to Lidl after being slapped with a "ridiculous" fine.

After spending nearly £200 at the budget supermarket, Karen Grant, 50, from Raby Mere, Wirral, said she had received a parking fine in the post a few weeks later.

Posting on neighbourhood social media site, Nextdoor, Ms Grant said it was "unfair" to be fined £90 for going over the parking time by 10 minutes at the new Lidl on Thursby Road in Bromborough.

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She said: "Ridiculous Lidl Parking Fines. For all Bromborough residents who shop at the new Lidl to be aware of (and possibly further afield).

"A few weeks ago I did my weekly shop at the new Lidl in Bromborough, I spent £194.05 and spent 1 hr 41 minutes doing so.

"The parking limit is apparently 1hr 30 and I've had a parking charge notice of £90... I won't be going back! #LidlUK#unfair customer service"

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She confirmed in a comment she had paid the fine because she did not want the "ongoing demands and stress", but many sympathised with her position and raised issues around the time limit.

One said: "Absolutely appalling. I’m so angry for you."

Another said: "How long were the queues?"

And a third added: "Thanks for the heads up! I certainly won't be parking there now."

Construction work began on the new Lidl store in Wirral back in January and it opened its doors in August this year.

The Bromborough site, with a 1,256m² sales area, features facilities including an in-store bakery, customer toilets, 120 car parking spaces, including disabled and parent and child spaces, as well as two Electric Vehicle charging points.

At the time of the opening, Stuart Jardine, Lidl GB’s regional head of property, said: ”We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Bromborough.

“It is fantastic that we are able to serve the local community with our multi-award winning products that shoppers across the country have come to love. We are delighted to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area and look forward to welcoming everyone to our new store.”

A spokesperson for Lidl GB said: "Our car park management systems are in place to help ensure availability of parking spaces for our customers, and it’s therefore disappointing when we learn that a genuine customer has received a fine.

"In the extremely unfortunate event that a customer believes they have wrongfully received a parking charge, we would encourage them to get in touch with ParkingEye directly via the appeals process and explain their situation.

"Charges can be investigated and if necessary, cancelled, as swiftly as possible."

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