Expensive toilet break

I HAVE just returned from a special school holiday treat day out with my three children. 

We had lunch at a local business, we purchased some goods at three local stores. We also had to use the local toilet facilities, which as we know can be few and far between. 

I have young children (boys and a girl) who cannot go unaccompanied to the toilet and as such we had to wait for the family facilities, not a big deal. One of my children needed an extended toilet visit, again not a big deal, until we returned to the car to discover the time spent in the toilet was over our car park time  about 20 minutes) and we were issued a $99 fine. 

There is no council number to call and explain or to submit a letter of explanation. Council website states that “council regulates parking around Orange”, however do not deal with the infringements issued. 

I estimate we spent $150-$200 in the local community, which we are being encouraged to do, so that the community benefits. 

Next holidays I think it will be picnics and bike rides, unfortunately not putting money into the community, but my wallet will benefit. 

I am wondering if the council receives any money out of this expensive fine. Can they put it towards a few more toilet facilities? Something I believe that the community would benefit from.

Tanzy Barnes,



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