A disabled woman was left ‘in tears’ after being fined £100 for ‘littering’ when she accidentally dropped her coffee in a Home Bargains car park.
Molly Davis had parked up in a disabled space outside the Home Bargains store in Ashgate Retail Park in Hucknall at around 2 pm on Tuesday, March 1.
The 25-year-old, from Strelley, has a neurological disease that forced her to eat through a tube.
Molly claims that when she got out of her car when a coffee cup spilt and fell onto the ground.
She went into Home Bargains to buy some wipes to clean herself, her car and the mess on the floor.
But before she could get that far Molly was approached by an enforcement officer for Ashfield District Council.
“This lady approached me and said ‘I need to speak with you’,” she told Nottinghamshire Live.
“We left and she was stood outside, shouting at me. She said she was filming it to protect me and her – I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. I was in floods of tears.
“It was absolutely horrific. This woman was horrible, she was shouting at me and was right in my face even when I was crying so much.
“I’ve been really overwhelmed by what happened. I have a neurological disease, I’m not very well at all and this has really upset me so much. I’ve never known anything like it.”
Another woman who had entered the store was also fined by another enforcement officer at the same time, according to Ms Davis.
She says she feels a £100 fine is unfair as she still has the coffee cup in question and had no intention of littering it.
She continued: “I think it’s disgusting what Ashfield District Council have done. This lady told me to shut up – it was so intimidating.
“I’ve never felt so victimised in my entire life – it was traumatising.”
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Ashfield District Council say they investigate all claims regarding their enforcement officers and that the purpose of these officers is to help make the district a cleaner and better place to live.
Antonio Taylor, Community Safety Manager said: “All claims regarding the Enforcement Officers from residents will always be investigated.
“Our Enforcement Officers help make the District cleaner and safer. We will not tolerate people dropping litter in Ashfield. A litter bin not being close by is no excuse to drop or leave your litter, when it can be taken home and disposed of.
“We are proud of our parks, town centres and open spaces and after investing millions of pounds into them, we do not want a minority to ruin them.
“Now Ashfield Council has secured a huge £62.6m of Towns Fund investment, the future is bright and we have ambitious plans to transform our town centres. We are committed to making Ashfield a cleaner place to live, work and visit.”