A Lamborghini owner who parked inside a disabled bay even though he doesn't have a badge says he only parked there to "avoid damaging" his expensive car.
The driver, who didn't to be named, claims he only left his £250k Italian supercar in the bay usually reserved for people with disabilities because a parking attendant told him to.
The gleaming white Lamborghini stuck out from the hatchbacks and family cars parked nearby and a small crowd gathered to inspect it
A photo of the sleek vehicle, parked in the Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol, went viral and the owner has received a barrage of backlash.
But he told the Bristol Post: "When I pulled into the car park in Cabot Circus yesterday, I was stopped by one of the parking attendants on site.
"They advised me and actually instructed me to park where my car was photographed."
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He said he was told: "You don't want to get that damaged sir, so please park here as there's more space between the vehicles."
But when he returned to his car, he found a "polite notice" under its wiper blades advising him no further action would be taken by kindly asked him not to park there in the future.
It finished by warning that, as "a last resort", customers who continued to misuse disabled parking spaces would be banned.
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He added: "I was quite surprised I have to say and was intending to park in the parent and child spaces as I had my son with me, but took the attendant's advice and parked where instructed.
"Now overall, I don't actually mind people having an opinion on how some people park their cars, but in this instance I did nothing wrong.
"There were dozens of disabled parking spaces available and I spent 30 minutes letting two young families sit in the car and take some photographs.
"When I returned to my vehicle, I was surprised to see the notice which had been put on my windscreen as I had been instructed to park there.
"I visited the parking attendant's office and when I told the attendant in there how I had been instructed to park there, he apologised and said his co-worker had not informed him."