Saturday shoppers got more than they bargained for when they were met face-to-face with a Vauxhall Corsa after its driver literally followed instructions to "turn left at Tesco."
The 91-year-old was following her sat nav on May 6, and turned as soon as she could, driving between the railings of a pedestrian crossing and ending up wedged on a flight of stairs.
No one was hurt in the incident, at 11am at Mayflower House Court car park, in Plymouth, although Tony Johnson, team leader at the nearby Tesco Express, told the Plymouth Herald: "A couple of builders had to make a quick escape.
"Her sat nav told her to go left at Tesco so she turned off the road at the pedestrian crossing.
"It's not the first time it's happened," Mr Johnson added.
"A couple of years ago another car got stuck there - it was exactly the same."
Students, living in an accommodation block above the shop, saw the lighter side of things.
Adam Ellisson, 25, said: "I had a meeting at university and I saw it when I came back. I was laughing my a*se off.
"It was funny, it's not every day that you see a car parked on the steps."
Devon and Cornwall Police quickly cordoned off the area with cones and railings, and the car was recovered later that afternoon.
The incident was not reported as an emergency, and there were no reports of any injuries.
By Simon Poynter