Dark Asda car park like "something out of American crime film"

Southend Standard: Dark Asda car park like "something out of American crime film" Dark Asda car park like "something out of American crime film"

SHOPPERS are literally being left in the dark after a well-used supermarket carpark has plunged into darkness.


It has prompted fears from some that the upper levels of the car park at the Asda Eastgate store in Basildon could become a haven for crooks preying on vulnerable shoppers parking there.

Stan Dyson, 68, from Laindon, left his car at the car park in daylight and was shocked to return to his vehicle to find it consumed by the shadows.

He said he even had to be guided from his space by his wife, as he was unable to see what was behind him and young children were with their mother at a car parked nearby.

When he reported the issue to Asda staff, on December 19, they told him despite regularly raising the issue nothing has been done. And, when Mr Dyson returned to the store on December 29, the car park was still in blackness.

Mr Dyson said: “On these dark nights, from around 4.00 pm, it’s reminiscent of a dodgy looking car park in an American crime film where you’d think ‘I wouldn’t park in that dimly lit place for fear of being mugged or having my car robbed’.

“It’s like a mugger’s paradise. Not only that but it’s so dark in the far end that even with reversing lights on you just cannot see what you may be reversing into.

“The Asda guy told me that he was aware of the situation and said he regularly chases up the maintenance team, but nothing happens.”

Mr Dyson said when he was accompanied to his car by security staff from the supermarket, they counted that every single light on the left hand side of level three was completely out.

The Echo also visited the car park and, as shown by our pictures, the make and model of cars could barely be distinguished.

But a spokesperson for Asda said the problem was due to bulbs having gone out and insisted the store is on top of the issue.
She said: “We're aware of the issue and are working hard to get it fixed as soon as we can.”

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12:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

MitchLive says...

'The Echo also visited the car park and, as shown by our pictures, the make and model of cars could barely be distinguished'.

I can see a car park and a silver Ford Fiesta along with a cab. And a cone. And a salt box.
'The Echo also visited the car park and, as shown by our pictures, the make and model of cars could barely be distinguished'. I can see a car park and a silver Ford Fiesta along with a cab. And a cone. And a salt box. MitchLive
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12:33pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

my guess is that the pictures refereed to are in the print version of the newspaper and the story posted on line has not been sufficiently edited to reflect this - or they've not bothered to put up a little gallery of photos for us here.
my guess is that the pictures refereed to are in the print version of the newspaper and the story posted on line has not been sufficiently edited to reflect this - or they've not bothered to put up a little gallery of photos for us here. Eric Whim
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1:19pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Rich"Carol says...

Put 2 bob in the meter and let there be light !
Put 2 bob in the meter and let there be light ! Rich"Carol
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1:57pm Mon 7 Jan 13

emcee says...

Quite simple. Phone ASDAs head office and tell them you feel unsafe in their car park during the hours of darkness and refuse to shop there until there is adequate lighting. I bet that'll shift them into action.
Quite simple. Phone ASDAs head office and tell them you feel unsafe in their car park during the hours of darkness and refuse to shop there until there is adequate lighting. I bet that'll shift them into action. emcee
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4:10pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

alternatively go to the Asda out on the Heron Retail Park off Miles Gray Road - free parking there
alternatively go to the Asda out on the Heron Retail Park off Miles Gray Road - free parking there Eric Whim
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11:17pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

alternatively don't shop there
alternatively don't shop there Carnabackable
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12:49pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Rouge9 says...

emcee wrote:
Quite simple. Phone ASDAs head office and tell them you feel unsafe in their car park during the hours of darkness and refuse to shop there until there is adequate lighting. I bet that'll shift them into action.
Bet it won't.

We're talking about a Wal-Mart store, if it means spending so profits are less, then it will not happen
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quite simple. Phone ASDAs head office and tell them you feel unsafe in their car park during the hours of darkness and refuse to shop there until there is adequate lighting. I bet that'll shift them into action.[/p][/quote]Bet it won't. We're talking about a Wal-Mart store, if it means spending so profits are less, then it will not happen Rouge9
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7:02pm Thu 10 Jan 13

miss t bird says...

i used to work there, and them lights haven't worked for at least a yr if my memory serves me right!
i used to work there, and them lights haven't worked for at least a yr if my memory serves me right! miss t bird
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