Carl Wockenforth was taking his two sons to McDonald’s on their way to football training, but would have received a parking fine if it wasn’t for the help of a kind-hearted stranger
A dad was left “gobsmacked” after a kind-hearted stranger saved him from receiving a parking ticket while he was taking his sons for breakfast at McDonald’s on the way to football practice.
Carl Wockenforth decided to stop off at the fast food chain in Kirkby for something to eat with his sons before their training session, but he accidentally parked in the wrong car park, and didn’t realise until he got back to his vehicle. The dad believed he had parked in the McDonald’s customer car park but he had mistakenly parked in a council-run one instead, and because he didn’t realise his error, he did not pay for a ticket.
He was horrified when he saw traffic wardens “surrounding” his car on his way back to the car park, according to the Liverpool Echo. But when he arrived at his vehicle he was “gobsmacked” – because instead of finding a parking fine, he found a small ticket that indicated a kind stranger had paid for him to park.
The dad said: “When I got back to my car I saw a ticket on my wipers. I was confused. I thought it was a fine at first but then I realised that someone had actually bought me a ticket.”
Carl said he was “taken aback” by the random act of kindness, and although the stranger only spent £1 covering his parking costs, they’ve saved him around £30 in parking fines. He added: “I’d like to say thanks to them. I know it was only a pound but they saved me a £30 fine. If it wasn’t for them it would have been a very expensive trip to Maccies.”
The dad originally took to Facebook to thank the mysterious Good Samaritan when the incident occurred in 2019, where he wrote: “I’m speechless. Scousers are the best. Whoever bought me this, thank you so much. I owe you a drink.”
And he later added: “One of my mates told me to share the story on Facebook. It blew up. It’s nice to know that there are genuine and nice people out there who go above and beyond to help out other people.”
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