Cabbie smashes airport parking machine that tried to charge him £4 for drop off

A Scottish cabbie saw red when an airport parking machine tried to charge him £4 for a routine drop off at Glasgow Airport.

During the incident on January 4, 2021, Atif Amin, 49, was left in fits of rage when he was informed by parking attendants at the airport he would have to pay the fee.

The dad-of-two began punching the machine that requires all those entering the car park to cough up the fee.

However, Amin claimed that his disability parking badge ensured he was allowed free entry to the NCP car park.

A court heard that he smashed the display screen of the machine with a torch, causing around £2,700 worth of damage, reports EdinburghLive.

Procurator Amber Feeney told Paisley Sherrif Court that the incident took place at 5.20am after Amin approached the car park.

She said: "Witnesses were working in the NCP Main Office when the accused's car approached the drop-off and pick-up point and pressed the intercom button.

"He was informed he had to pay £4 to use the drop-off, pick-up area.

"Amin advised he was dropping off his mother and that he had a disabled badge on display."

She went on to add: "The witness further stated that the badge didn't allow payment exception and the accused became irate and began punching the screen with his fist.

"Amin then grabbed a torch from his vehicle and smashed the display four times, causing it to smash."

After smashing the machine, Amin went on to pay the small fee of £4 to gain access to the car park.

Feeney went on to tell the court: "Police were contacted due to the damage done to the machine. The amount of damage totalled £2700.

"Police viewed CCTV and took note of his registration number and when interviewing the accused, he stated 'The parking man refused to lift the barrier.' He was not cautioned and charged at that time."

Defending, Kirsty McGheean explained to the court that Amin believed his disabled badge would allow him access for free when he was dropping off a relative.

"It is his view that disabled badge holders are allowed into NCP car parks without paying," she explained.

She went on to add: "It's his view that the parking worker was confrontational and he was told that he had to park and pay for his fees. There are no signs at the airport to show disabled parking fees."

Sherif Eoin McGinty, sentencing, told Amin: "This was a very expensive car park for you as you now have a compensation order of £2700 to pay," adding that he will repay £120 per month.

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