Forget the taxi, a brisk walk home would do them good

Karel Doubleday, who used her mum's blue badge so she could park close to her workplace

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The number of people queuing outside supermarkets waiting for taxis in Portsmouth always amazes me.

I work six days a week and there is no way I could afford to get a taxi to the shops and back again.

Okay, it’s not telephone numbers but adding an extra £10-£15 on to your shopping bill each time adds up considerably over the year.

Of course there are those who need extra assistance in picking up their purchased booty and I clearly understand the role these diesel-consuming steeds play.

But let’s be brutally honest, looking at the considerable girth of most of the queue-ees, a brisk walk home with two or three bags in each hand is what they need.