Dozens of frustrated drivers were trapped in a parking lot for 30 minutes when an angry attendant refused to let a woman who didn’t have a ticket through the gate.
Video, filmed by another frustrated Aussie mall customer on Thursday, shows the young woman arguing with the employee to be allowed through the gate – as traffic pulls up behind her.
The woman claimed she had paid her membership fee, but the attendant disagreed and showed no sympathy for the other drivers in the parking lot – telling the woman to just reverse.
That was impossible given the number of cars piled up behind her.
The video began with a frustrated man getting out of his car to find out what’s holding up the woman in the front of the line.
A woman (above) whose parking ticket didn’t work was stuck at a barrier for more than half an hour
She explained her dilemma and said the parking attendant tried to charge her $25 because her membership card won’t scan.
The man then called the assistant using the electronic help button and got into the middle of a heated argument.
He told the assistant, “You have about a hundred cars in this lot because one of your machines isn’t working.
“This lady has a membership to get out.”
The assistant then told him, “She doesn’t actually have a valid membership.” She doesn’t have it with us, so she has to pay the amount on the screen.’
The woman tried to explain that her card didn’t work, to which the assistant replied, “I’m sorry, but if everyone has to pay for their parking, you should too.”
As more and more cars remain parked in the small parking lot, the woman repeatedly tried to tell the assistant that she paid for a month’s parking and shouldn’t be expected to pay $25.
However, the assistant repeatedly interrupted her and told her to call the membership company and “figure it out.”
“Either charge back or pay the amount on the screen,” the assistant said.
A man who filmed the dispute between the woman and a parking attendant said there were about 100 cars stuck in a line (above) behind the woman
The man then joined the conversation and said, “We can’t back up, you have a hundred cars here.”
The assistant again told the woman to “pay as everyone else has to pay.”
As the frustrations began to reach a peak, the man snapped at the assistant to “open the gate” and offered to pay the $25 fee so everyone can leave.
The angry assistant kept talking about him and the upset woman until she finally decided that he can pay the fee if he walks back to his car and takes his card to the box.
The man tried to explain that his car was far away and down a hill and asked if she could open the gate and let the line through so he could drive up instead.
“No, sorry you can’t,” she said. “The rules are clearly posted at the entrance gate and it says that a condition of entering our car park is that you pay the amount on the screen.”
The man replied, “I’m trying to pay for it, I just can’t get my car here because there are a hundred cars… I ran all the way up the hill because there’s a huge traffic jam because you’re not human.”
After some more back and forth, the assistant told the man she didn’t care if he had to walk the distance and said, “Okay, then do that.” For my part I can do nothing.
‘We’ll wait here. We are waiting for you. That’s no problem.’
As the upset woman and rude assistant kept talking about the payment, people started yelling at the assistant from the line of cars.
The parking assistant (above) repeatedly told the woman she would have to pay ‘like everyone else’ and refused to lift the barrier
A frustrated man shouted, “We have to get out of here. Open the gate.’
The man finished the video by telling the assistant that he has recorded their conversation and will report her to the center’s management.
“That’s no problem,” she said.
Aussies were quick to call the parking attendant.
“The fact that you were willing to pay for her and they STILL refused to release her is ridiculous,” one said.
Another wrote: ‘What about all the other cars in line with a valid pass? Are they expected to stay there because they don’t want to let her out? Complete idiot.’
A third added: ‘Can the rest of the waiting people get a refund from the car park because of the extra time they waited? The lady behind the intercom is crazy!’
“That person on speaker is in a power outage,” a fourth added.
“My worst nightmare,” said another.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Care Parking for comment.