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Brisbane chef given a parking fine as restaurant is forced to shut due to coronavirus

Rubbing salt in it: Chef is given a parking fine while loading kitchen equipment into his car after his restaurant was forced to close due to the coronavirus lockdown

  •  A chef was stung with a parking fine while he was packing kitchen equipment
  • Louis Le Pape ‘s restaurant Montrachet was forced to close due to COVID-19
  • He said it was unfair to get $133 while many hospitality workers are in turmoil
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A chef was stung with a parking fine while he was packing kitchen equipment into his car after being forced to close his restaurant.

Louis Le Pape was parked in an unloading zone outside the French restaurant Montrachet in Brisbane on Monday afternoon when parking wardens approached. 

He was issued a $133 fine because the front of his car was in the yellow no-parking zone. 

A chef was stung with a parking fine while he was packing kitchen equipment into his car after being forced to close his restaurant due the coronavirus pandemic restrictions (stock image pictured)

A chef was stung with a parking fine while he was packing kitchen equipment into his car after being forced to close his restaurant due the coronavirus pandemic restrictions (stock image pictured)

Louis Le Pape was parked in an unloading zone outside the french restaurant Montrachet in Brisbane (pictured) on Monday afternoon when parking wardens approached

Louis Le Pape was parked in an unloading zone outside the french restaurant Montrachet in Brisbane (pictured) on Monday afternoon when parking wardens approached

The French native had tried to reason with the inspectors but they would not budge. 

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 2,363

New South Wales: 1029

Victoria: 466

Queensland: 443

Western Australia: 175

South Australia: 170

Australian Capital Territory: 39

Tasmania: 36 

Northern Territory: 5

TOTAL CASES:  2,363

DEAD: 8

‘My head chef came out and was trying to communicate with him. They didn’t listen and they said that’s what it is,’ he told the Courier-Mail.

‘There was no understanding. It was pretty rough. I felt it was unfair.’

It was another blow for the chef who may be out of a job after the government announced restaurants and cafes would have to close or become takeaway only in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly virus. 

From midday Monday, dining establishments across the country had packed their seating away indefinitely.

Following the rule change, Centrelink offices were swarmed with out-of-work Australians desperate to sign up for the job seeker allowance. 

The chef was issued a $133 fine because the front of his car was in the yellow no-parking zone

The chef was issued a $133 fine because the front of his car was in the yellow no-parking zone

Restaurants on Melbourne's popular Chapel Street have been forced to resort to takeaway services only, in light of the new restrictions

A Takeaway Only sign at McDonald's

Restaurants on Melbourne’s popular Chapel Street have been forced to resort to takeaway services only, in light of the new restrictions 

Brisbane City Council said a lenient and sympathetic approach should have be taken. 

A spokesman encouraged the chef to contact them to have the fee waived.

‘Council works quickly to withdraw any fines that were not issued for legitimate or intentional illegal parking. Last year almost 10,800 fines were waived with a majority being for compassionate grounds or extenuating circumstances.’

WHAT WILL CLOSE IN AUSTRALIA FROM MONDAY? 

 WHAT WILL CLOSE: 

Registered and licenced clubs

Licenced premises in hotels and pubs

Restaurants will only be able to provide a takeaway service

Places of worship

Cinemas, nightclubs, casinos and other forms of indoor entertainment 

Funerals will have to follow an ‘enforced’ four-metre rule

 WHAT WILL STAY OPEN: 

Supermarkets

Shopping centres 

Bottle shops

Schools (except in Victoria)

Hairdressers and beauticians 

 

 

 

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