This mum was fined a whopping $78 for feeding her son in a metered parking bay.
Nicky Convine, a 33 year old musician and mum from Miami , was stung with a hefty parking fine when she pulled over to feed her restless son while travelling through Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. After sitting in the back seat of her car for ten minutes while breastfeeding, Nicky’s car was approached by a parking attendant who issued her the on the spot fine.
Nicky said the chance of getting a parking fine hadn’t crossed her mind. “It was raining and my baby was distressed so I didn’t even think to buy a ticket from the machine.” She admits that the parking officer was apologetic once he realised that Nicky was in the car feeding her son, but didn’t have the power to overturn the ticket.
“It was quite hard for him to see me in the back so I don’t blame him too much,” she told The Daily Mail. Despite being told to approach the local council to appeal the fine, Nicky’s request was initially denied. She says there was a lack of ‘human connection’ in the way that the council treated her throughout the process.
The young mum was only able to get the decision overturned when she went to the media with her story. Taking to social media Nicky said, “It’s not the fact that I need to pay $78, it’s the principle! I had a screaming baby in the car at the time and no where else to pull over and I was aware that officers are not allowed to issue tickets with people in the vehicle.”
Every mum knows the stress of a screaming baby, particularly while driving, so we have to say we’re behind Nicky on this one – sometimes the rules just have to be bent.
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