A taxi driver was slapped with a fine for parking on double yellow lines to help a disabled pensioner out of his car.
The cabbie momentarily stopped so that his elderly passenger who uses a walker to help her stand, could disembark.
But the eager warden issued the ticket within a minute of the vehicle stopping.
A video of the angry exchange between the driver, warden and the customer has gone viral, being viewed more than 135,000 times online.
Dan Robinson who owns The Chauffeur Company based in Chelmsford, Essex, shared footage of the council traffic warden putting the fine on his employee’s windscreen outside a Marks and Spencer store in the city on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old said: “One of my drivers was given a ticket at about 2pm on Tuesday afternoon. He was given a £50 or £60 ticket but he’d only been there less than a minute.
“I just think it is absolutely ridiculous. We take customers to Marks and Spencer at least 30 times a day.”
The taxi driver’s elderly customer can be heard calling the warden a “nasty person” in the brief and claims she wouldn’t be able to go into the city centre were it not for the taxi company.
In the video the driver said: “So you’re giving me a ticket for dropping off a disabled lady?”
The passenger said: “You’re a nasty person. Don’t you think you should have given him some kind of warning, you don’t just do it like that.
The warden replied: “I can’t be addressing you, you can’t park here, and you are talking about mum.
The driver added: “I said this could be your mum getting out of the car. You don’t have to do that do you?”
Dan added: “Online, it seems that 98 per cent of people are sticking up for us and feel the warden was out of order.
“We’re definitely going to appeal the fine. But I’ve got to write a letter or email to the council.
“I can’t think of any reason why my driver should have been given a ticket. The taxi is a working vehicle and my driver was simply trying to earn a living.”
A Freedom of Information request revealed that Chelmsford City Council raked in £329,500 from the 10,750 penalty charge notices it issues to illegally parked motorists in 2014/15.
A spokeswoman for Chelmsford City Council said: “As can be seen in the video being circulated on social media, the taxi driver was stopped on double yellow lines.
“Although his reason for doing this was to drop off his passenger, he knew that he was in contravention of the law by doing this and the civil enforcement officer had no choice but to issue a penalty charge notice as that is the requirement of his job.
“The fine was not directed at the passenger and it was the taxi driver’s decision to stop where he did.
“The offensive language used on social media to refer to one of our staff is reprehensible and unacceptable, regardless of users’ personal views.
“If the driver thinks the circumstances were mitigating, he can challenge the PCN in writing it online. We will consider any appeal fully and fairly.”