People are cutting short their Christmas shopping trips to avoid parking fines, research suggests.
As many as 48% of festive shoppers have had to stop early because time was running out on their pay and display parking ticket, according to a survey.
Some 29% have even had to leave the queue for the checkout and abandon their goods for the same reason.
To avoid this scenario, 90% admit overpaying by an average of £1.40 every time they park to go shopping.
But the fear of running out of time on a pay and display parking ticket is not just forcing people to cut short their Christmas shopping trips.
Nearly half of respondents - 45% - have cut short time spent with friends and family to dash back to their car, while 25% have not finished their meal at a restaurant or left a play before the end.
The poll, commissioned by parking payment mobile app PayByPhone, quizzed a total of 2,004 adults from London and Manchester on the issue of pay and display parking.
Perhaps most revealing of all, 42% say the thought of getting a parking ticket is a daily stress.
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