The cafe couple said they wondered whether the woman, who said she was 66 and single, was vulnerable.
They said her behaviour, which included picking up litter a lot of the time and washing council signs in the lay-by, was not normal.
…the woman said she had merely been keen to keep the lay-by clean – saying she had collected 10 bags’ of rubbish, pruned back vegetation and washed the council’s signs.
Asked why she was living in her car in a lay-by, she said it was because she did not want to bother her family members in Shropshire.
She said: “I feel perfectly safe. I’ve been here for about six days.
“Where ever I can get a mooring, that’s where I’m going to live. I’m trying to get in somewhere before Christmas.
“I’m moving. That’s all.
“I’m absolutely fine. I’ve never known such a fuss.”
She sounds an eccentric old duck, but then, wasn’t that once something not unknown in England?
For the police, a spokeswoman said an officer had gone to see the woman twice after the cafe couple raised their concerns with the force.
She said: “An officer spoke to the lady at length. Our officer offered to help her find a place to stay but the lady declined our help and said she wishes to stay with her vehicle. She was in good spirits and didn’t present any concerns to the officer.”
So let her be. Not everyone has bought into dependency culture. Thank God.