> I don't think you know what "spurious" means. If you pay for three hours and stay 3:15, that's a legitimate overage.
If it's a free car park and it is there for the benefit of cinemagoers, yes I'd say a 15 minute overstay when it's a particularly long film is spurious.
Spurious: Not being what it purports to be; false or fake: "spurious claims".
There is nothing false about their claim that you overstayed the three hours. As I said above, 80 pounds is certainly an excessive charge for 15 minutes of parking, but it is in no way a spurious claim. If you had parked there for 2.5 hours and the company claimed you were there for 3.25, then that would be a spurious claim.
To relate it to the main topic, $7500 is too much of a fine for the offense, but if the person did download the movie illegally, then the fee/fine/penalty is unjust, not spurious.
> Also, can private companies issue a ticket in the UK, or are you saying they just request that you pay more with a piece of paper?
Private companies cannot issue a fine.
If they have suffered a loss for which you are responsible, they can ask you to reimburse them for the loss - but in this example, the car park is free. So what's the loss?
The loss is revenue to the owner and/or operator. If the parking is "free" to you, then the cinema is likely subsidizing your parking, and that allows you to park for three hours for free (or perhaps the parking company just allows the first three hours for free hoping people will park longer so they can collect additional revenue). If you exceed this limit, then the cost of your parking is no longer covered, and someone should pay, whether or not you think it's fair. If you don't like those terms, park somewhere else or don't go. There is a cinema that I attend regularly with this exact policy: three hours free to me because the cinema pays the parking company for the first three hours. I exceed this limit sometimes (getting there early, 2.5+ hour movie, etc...) and I pay the overage of a few dollars when I leave. That's fair to me and should be to anyone who appreciates capitalism.