A frustrated nurse has revealed how she copped an "unwarranted" parking fine after spending the day swabbing people for Covid-19.
The healthcare worker had parked her car in a Rozelle street, in Sydney's inner west overnight and when she returned to her vehicle the following day, she spotted a hefty fine of $275.
The ticket was for obstructing access to a ramp, path or passageway.
Taking to a private community Facebook group on Tuesday, the nurse said she didn't get to her car until the next day because of the lockdown and that she had also been feeling unwell, according to reports.
"I'm glad parking inspectors are considered essential," she wrote.
"Now my whole pay will go to the Inner West Council."
She said she never blocked a driveway or wheelchair access, adding that she "looked at it before I left".
"The guy in front of me was so close to the other car I needed to leave him room to get out."
Members of the local Facebook group couldn't believe it, describing the fine as a "joke".
"The amount they fined you is a joke in itself. You haven't blocked the driveway or ramp access, there are steps to that path which you haven't blocked either. It doesn't make sense," an annoyed user wrote.
"At a time when so many people are forced to be at home during the two hour parking limits, meter maids should not be counted as essential," a second person wrote.
Others encouraged her to contest the ticket.
"You 100 per cent should ask for special consideration, you should not be punished after giving so much to the community," a member wrote, while another added: "Oh wow that looks very marginal. I hope you can over-turn this. Unfair."
But in a surprising twist – and to her shock – the nurse later updated her post to reveal someone had paid the hefty fine for her, according to Daily Mail Australia.
"I'm absolutely lost for words, never in my life have I experienced kindness like this," she wrote.
The good Samaritan even went as far as sending her a receipt of payment.
"I will work extra hard tomorrow at my shift at the covid vaccination clinic vaccinating as many as I can in our community. And I will try and park better."