Woman pays almost 100x original fee after facing court
MICHELLE Maria Arkley didn't validate her $4.50 parking ticket before leaving the Whitsunday Coast Airport but eventually paid nearly 100 times that amount as a fine for a public nuisance offence.
The 50-year-old local attempted to leave the airport's secure carpark on July 4 at 11.17am, but the boom gate wouldn't open.
She was instructed by an attendant to return to the terminal to validate her parking ticket but her response was to curse over the help phone, according to police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith.
Ms Smith said Arkley then proceeded to yell and scream inside the terminal.
She said the attendant was instructed by their employer to let Arkley leave without paying her ticket so as to end the commotion.
Police tracked down Arkley on July 5 when she admitted to yelling but denied swearing.
In the Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday, Arkley responded to the police report by saying "(it's an) absolute pack of lies".
"I have never heard such bull crap in my life.
"The facts that you get aren't the facts. It's lies by the police and lies by everyone else," she said.
Arkley was fined $400 but did not have to pay restitution for the $4.50 parking ticket.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist noted this was Arkley's second court appearance in as many weeks.