On today’s programme we reported on the non-smoker who just got fined – for smoking!
Yes, 40-year old Mark Mallender checked into a Premier Inn at Dover and immediately noticed an unpleasant smoky smell in his room.
Hoping it would fade away whilst he went for a bite to eat, only to be disappointed on his return to discover that the aroma appeared to be as strong as ever so he promptly reported the issue to reception where he was handed a customer complaint card, but as no other rooms were available, had to put up with the smell overnight.
Some time later he was shocked to receive a letter from Premier Inn blaming him for the smell stating that “evidence” of his guilt had been found in the room, included with the letter was a receipt for the fine of £100 which had been debited to his Premier Business account for smoking in the room!
Pretty surprising for a non-smoker who claims never to have smoked a single cigarette.
Mr Mallender and Premier Inn are now discussing the incident.
Next up we heard about the car that shopped it’s own driver to the police.
Don’t you just love technology? It really comes to something when something like this can happen.
37-year old Alan McShane was driving his company car, a Mercedes EQC, home to Wallsend after a night out watching Newcastle United’s win against Arsenal when he clipped the kerb, thereby triggering the airbags as he was exiting the Motorway on the 16th May.
The car promptly recognised that all was not well.
A disembodied voice emanating from the car’s audio system, enquired if the occupant was OK and announced that it had automatically, and helpfully called the emergency services.
Officers promptly responded, but after detecting a smell of alcohol and noting that Mr McShane appeared to be mumbling, conducted a breathalyser test which revealed that he was more than 3 times over the limit!
The incident cost him a £1500 fine, £230 costs and a 25 month driving ban!
Well I’m on my hols now but hope to see you back in situ on Monday 11th July. Meanwhile keep smiling and enjoy the summer,