Receiving a parking ticket is one of life’s great frustrations ... unless you happen to be a billionaire with money to burn, in which case it’s water off a duck’s back.
That’s what mega-rich Turki Bin Abdullah demonstrated when he carried on eating at a restaurant in Knightsbridge while parking wardens slapped his illegally parked £370,000 gold-plated Mercedes with an £80 ticket.
He left the blinged-up vehicle parked on double red lines immediately outside Mamounia Lounge on April 27, and carried on enjoying his meal as the warden issued the ticket.
His £350,000 Lamborghini Aventador SV was also parked outside.
Bin Abdullah's golden Merc
The fine comes in the same week a £10 million super car was ticketed when a dealership parked it to take photos in Kensington.
Bin Abdullah, from the house of Saud, is known for his opulent lifestyle and his fleet of flashy vehicles. He divides his time between Saudi Arabia and touring the world, and flew four of his fleet of supercars wrapped in gold to London.
His car collection also includes a £350,000 Lamborghini, Rolls Royce and Bentley.
But this week, he was hit with parking fines accumulating to hundreds of pounds after overstaying his ticket in Knightsbridge. The Lamborghini had two separate penalty notices for April 26 and 27 slipped under its wiper blade, while the Mercedes and Bentley each had one.
The fines of £80 each time, reduced to £40 if paid within 14 days, mean the owner, reportedly from Saudi Arabia, owes the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as much as £320.
The vehicles could even be removed and fines increased if the charges go unpaid. The cars were parked in Cadogan Place, outside the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, in Knightsbridge, central London - just yards away from an NCP car park.
Costing £50 for 24 hours, the car park housed non-gold Bentleys, Audis and a Ferrari on Wednesday (April 27).
Kensington and Chelsea Council has already introduced measures in Knightsbridge designed to stop super car drivers making life a misery for people living there.