Here are two totally unrelated things that happened over the weekend:
i) I paid for 30 minutes in a council car park and actually returned 34 minutes later (as it happens I was trying to contact my elderly father-in-law, who suffers from diabetes, and lost track of the time). In those 4 minutes, the extremely vigilant 'enforcement officer' had slapped a £50 ticket on the car.
ii) A group of, er, travelling folk, have concreted over a 4-acre green-belt site, rushing to get the job done over the bank holiday before council officers returned to work and put a stop to it. Story here.
One of the above will most likely get off scot free. As I said in the heading, it's a funny old world.