A parking row has taken a saucy twist after unwitting motorists were told to ring a number to park – and were transferred to a SEX LINE.
The professional-looking sign wrongly claims vehicles have been banned from parking in front of it.
A phone number is provided that claims to be from the Penryn Car Parking Association.
It is believed to have been put up by a neighbour fed-up with the free site always being full.
But when confused drivers called to check why the sudden ban had been introduced – they were shocked when a kinky voice answered the phone.
Many reportedly continued to listen to the raunchy chatter in utter bewilderment before realising they had fallen victim to a cruel prank,
A warning has now been issued by the local council warning people that the number is not an official one and despite the location the sign was not put up by them.
Penryn Town Council posted the message on facebook under the heading UNAUTHORISED PARKING SIGN – PERMARIN CAR PARK.
It advises people who may use the car park off Permarin Road that they may get a “nasty shock” if they call the 0900 number listed.
The Facebook post says: “Please be advised that a sign purporting to be from the ‘Penryn Car Parking Association’ forbidding parking which is posted on a garden fence which borders Permarin car park has not been authorised by either Penryn Town Council nor Cornwall Council.
“As far as we can tell, such an association does not exist and a Google search reveals that the telephone number on the sign is in fact an adult 0900 number, so anyone calling this number may not only get a nasty shock at the end of the telephone, they will almost certainly also get a hefty bill.
“We will be working on getting the sign removed, but since we cannot simply remove it, in the meantime please share to spread the word.”
Town clerk for the council Michelle Davey said they are unable to remove the sign as technically it is on private land and although it is their car park the boundary has several properties backing on to it.
She added: “The sign is still up as far as I am aware. It is on a private fence neighbouring the car park.
“It is a proper job and they have gone to some effort. It looks like a bona fide red and write sign and is professionally done and fixed. It looks like the real thing but it is not.
“I googled the number as I suspected it was not genuine and that is how we discovered what it was. We put the warning out as we don’t want anyone to get a nasty surprise and hefty fines.
“We were also very concerned about people who would assume it was us because it is our car park and if anyone called the number and got a huge bill they would be looking to us for being responsible. We want to make sure that does not happen.
“They have gone to an awful lot of effort and probably the intention is not to have people park there. It is a free car park so it is always full.
“Why they have used the number they have for the sign I do’t know – I assume for humour.”