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New coins are 'too shiny' for Brewery car park pay machine in Cheltenham

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

  • The rejected shiny pound coins

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New shiny coins are causing problems for motorists wanting to pay for parking at the Brewery NCP car park, off Monsoon Avenue, Cheltenham.

People returning to their cars on Saturday night were told to hunt around for older, worn coins instead.

A parking attendant, who was helping motorists pay for their parking at a ground floor payment machine, said: “It doesn’t like new pound coins as they are too shiny. The machine needs to be calibrated.

One motorist, Marti Toth-Norris, from Up Hatherley, was trying to pay for parking after seeing American Hustle at Cineworld.

She said: “My husband was hunting through a pile of coins as the attendant was saying ‘too shiny, that’s too shiny, that one is okay.”

“We had to pay £4 and he had lots of change, but most of the coins were shiny as they had been minted in 2013.

“We just about got there though, with a final, worn 20p giving us enough money.”

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  • youbacca  |  May 26 2014, 7:07PM

    And yet again the Echo make up a news story from what the wife of the news editor says. Pathetic.

  • jas37  |  January 16 2014, 8:39PM

    You mean that somebody actually still goes to the Brewery?

  • mystery1  |  January 15 2014, 2:08PM

    CORRECTION: *Lower High Street CAR PARK (the one that has the market once a week). I'm not talking about the street itself, but the car park off the lower high street that you can also access from St Margaret's Road. That's the one with the dodgy/lack of lighting.

  • mystery1  |  January 15 2014, 2:06PM

    Whilst the sarcastic comments are quite funny, this is hardly at the level of sensationalism we often "enjoy" from the Echo. There are articles on this site that provide better fodder for your wit. I'm personally very disappointed there isn't a photo of the couple looking grumpy whilst holding a shiny coin and standing next to the offending machine. However, car parks at night are never very nice places and if you've been to the cinema/gym/for dinner and just want to pay and leave, I think this article provides a useful "heads up" to NCP users to try to remember to have old/non-shiny coins available. It's not "news" but part of the point of local papers is to share useful information with its readership. This article does that. If the Echo wants a decent "news" article about parking near the Brewery, maybe they want to look into the current blame shifting going on between the council and Highways over whose job it is to fix the lighting in the Lower High Street. If the Echo takes that one on and gets a result, they may lose a future story about someone getting attacked (or even raped) but it would certainly be appreciated by that car park's users.

  • Kay_Powell  |  January 13 2014, 5:12PM

    Having good coins rejected is a darned nuisance and perfectly newsworthy as far as I'm concerned. Presumably there isn't a human being there all of the time to change coins to acceptable ones. What happens then? If coins are rejected by a machine at the laundrette, there will be other customers who can come to the rescue, but I can see people being made late for important appointments by not having coins accepted by a ticket machine at a car park. I'm also glad that I'm not the only one who thinks that the shininess of the coins has nothing to do with the problem - it's the size and weight.

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  • Apothegm_  |  January 13 2014, 1:36PM

    I vote for RoadWombat as writing the best comments of the year\\\\\\\\ 13th January!

  • Jackass  |  January 13 2014, 11:41AM

    Damn you shiny coins....damn you to hell!!!

  • raggeh  |  January 13 2014, 10:41AM

    Sarcasm aside, don't these machines work on size/weight of coins? They don't 'read' the surface of them surely? It's common knowledge that recently minted 5p and 10p coins are actually slightly thicker than previous ones, resulting in them being rejected by many machines with coin slots until they are replaced or recalibrated. Perhaps this is the case with the newest wave of £1 coins.

  • verysceptical  |  January 12 2014, 10:22PM

    Will that helpline accept both shiny and battered coins. I think inclusivity is essential given the terrible hardship these people have suffered.

  • RoadWombat  |  January 12 2014, 6:55PM

    Well, Saffy, now you come to mention it I am in the process of establishing just that. It will provide support, friendship and advice for anyone who's life has been affected whilst they rebuild their shattered lives and try to come to terms with the trauma of what has happened. Hopefully it may also encourage other survivors to come forward as well, to tell their stories and inspire them on their healing path.