June 25, 2012


Outside England's Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and eight buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were the equivalent of about $1.40 for cars and about $7 for buses.

Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn't show up. So the Zoo Management called the City Council and asked them to send another parking agent. The Council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the Zoo's own responsibility. The Zoo advised the Council that the attendant was a City employee. The City Council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the City payroll.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, France or Italy is a man who apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own and then had simply began to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about $560 per day -- for 25 years.

Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7,000,000 and no one even knows his name.


This tale appears to be an urban myth, but your blogger enjoyed the story and felt it worthy of inclusion here. Thanks to Karen Biro Hewson for forwarding it to me.

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