(Being Xmas and all, it’s good to have a laugh.)
This story was reported in The London Times newspaper recently.
“Outside England’s Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses.
For 25 years, it’s parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were for cars (1.40 pounds), for buses (about 7 pounds)
Then, one day, after 25 years of never missing a day off work, he just didn’t show up; so the Zoo Management called the City Council and asked to send them 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 or France or Italy….is a man who’d apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own, and then, had simply begun to turn up every day, to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at
about 560 pounds per day – for 25 years.
Assuming 7 days a week this amounted to just over 7 million pounds.
And no one even knows his name.
(Thanks to my buddy Paul Angus from Spain who brought this story to me.)