A couple of months ago a friend and I took the kids to Mc'Donalds, we were also looking after someone elses children so we had 7 in total. At one of our local ones they have a play area for the kids so we went there. We were there for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. A few weeks later I got a paking ticket through the door because you are only allowed to park there for 1 hour and a half. My mate didn't received one as she worked there on nights at the time. I mentioned this to a few people (but not the friend that works there typically as we didn't see each other much) who said that I shouldn't pay it as they are a private company and not the police. (This has been told to me on here a while back too and I read it on MSE). So I left it!! Now I keep getting reminders and today got a red one talking about debt collectors coming round!.
Now, I know I am in the wrong parking for too long but I didn't read the sign when I entered the carpark (taking care in driving of course lol) and we had 7 kids with us in a play area that they provide for their use. The fine is now up to £150 - should I just pay it or is it right to ignore it??
All help much appreciated x