David Familton was happy to do a good turn helping with crowd control for Nelson's Masked Parade, but the Nelson City Council isn't returning the favour - it won't waive a parking fine he copped.
The Stoke retiree is a member of the Nelson North Lions club and volunteered to help with the event.
He and other volunteers were asked to report at 4.15pm. He parked his car in the Montgomery Square carpark, where the parade assembled, but forgot to pay for parking. When the parade finished and he returned to his car, he found a $40 parking ticket.
Mr Familton wrote to the council explaining his case and asking for dispensation.
"With me helping the council out with the event, I hope that you can help me out with a let-off on this infringement," he wrote.
Council parking manager Karen Robinson has written back, saying its adjudicator considered his explanation and decided that the ticket would not be cancelled.
"I think it's blimmin' poor," said Mr Familton. "Being a volunteer and helping them out, I thought they'd help me out."
However, the council won't change its decision. Its acting executive manager regulatory, Mandy Bishop, said the ticket was one of eight issued at the time for failing to pay for a parking permit, and the council had to be consistent in its approach to enforcement.
"The council receives many reasons why people forget to pay for parking, and we need to be consistent in our considerations.
"While Mr Familton kindly volunteered his time, it is likely that other volunteers would have paid to park to attend the event. We need to be fair to those people who do correctly pay the required parking fee. There were not grounds on which to cancel this infringement notice."
Mr Familton said he would not be volunteering for the parade again. "We got so much flak, I'll never do it again."
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