A rugby league player who moved to New Zealand has landed his club with a £1,500 bill after leaving his car in the short stay car park at Manchester Airport for almost two months.
Pat Weisner left his club Rover, owned by Cumbrian side Barrow Raiders, at the airport in May, where it remained for 54 days, at a cost of £26.50 a day.
It was only when Weisner posted the keys back to the club that the car's whereabouts was discovered. Police were alerted and car park staff tracked down the vehicle.
Commenting on the airport's decision to waive the £1,431 bill, club director Dave Sear said: "We are pleased that we didn't have to pay for the car park, although we didn't see it as our responsibility because somebody else has parked the car there."
A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: "There have been three occasions in the last 20 years when we have had to release a car without payment."
He warned drivers not to abandon their cars in the airport car parks: "We don't encourage it because obviously in the majority of circumstances you will be charged the full price. It can land you with a hefty bill."
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