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DRINKERS have been fined £85 for parking while they enjoyed pints at their local pub – now they're saying it's a con.

The fuming punters have spoken out in rage against the eye-watering fees issued at The Queslett in Streetly near Birmingham.

A few of the pub-goers were slapped with the hefty sum for parking in the designated car park while visiting the boozer to eat or drink.

Some are so upset they left fuming Tripadvisor reviews online about the venue.

One diner, Alex Subway, left a comment on the restaurant review site saying: "Basically popped in for Sunday dinner – 10 days later a Parking Charge £85 – who charges people going to eat a meal to park in a ‘car park ‘ definitely a con going on here."

Luckily, the general manager of The Queslett jumped in to apologise.

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Phil said he would waive the fee if Alex brought the paper fine into the pub for him to cancel.

Diners are supposed to input their car registration into tablets by the door before sitting down to eat, he explained.

Phil said: "Apologies for you feeling upset with a parking fine, if you have not paid the fine please don't and bring that paper fine into us and we can cancel this fine for you.

"There are two Vehicle Reg Tablets on entry into the pub for guests to log there reg number all free parking.

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"There is many reasons for the Parking System in place with Euro Car Parks the supplier, system has been in place for three years now and it help control vehicles parking on our grounds not visiting the pub and illegal activity at night.

"Please come back and visit simply pop your reg in the tablet on entry."

But Alex isn't the only pub-goer to be caught out by the fine.

Last month a diner named Ivor lashed out at the fee in bitterness.

He said: "Do not visit this pub or it will cost you £85 to park, no clear signs as you enter car park and no need to punish local punters."

Once again the management team were quick to respond and resolve the situation.

Their reply read: "Please do call us on 0121 580 8123 where we will happily cancel your parking fine.

"We are unable to do this with no information on an online Tripadvisor review, however this can be rectified if you contact the pub directly.

"If you do pop in again, you can enter your registration into the machine located directly next to the front door, or the one next to the sign as you walk in which says 'please enter your registration'.

"However, when our lovely guests do unfortunately receive a fine, we do not hesitate to cancel it so please do get in touch."

The enormous fees come after an outraged shopper refused to appeal his whopping £100 fine for parking just 25 minutes at a Lincoln shopping centre.

Ian Ellis, from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, was shocked to be sent the hefty fee two weeks later and is adamant he will not pay or appeal it.

Yet some savvy motorists have cottoned on to Brits' parking anxiety and are making £30k in just a week from flogging spaces.

The shrewd family have told how they earn a fortune with their parking spaces near Glastonbury Festival – then blow all the cash on a monster knees up and a holiday in Turkey.

Happy-go-lucky Rich Rayner, 64, snapped up a field just a ten minute walk from the world renowned music festival in 1992.

Since then the cheeky grandad has raked in an absolute killing at his Ash Combe Park site where punters can park as well as camp.

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