A Well Planned Retirement
Outside the Bristol Zoo, in England , there is a parking
lot for 150 cars and 8 coaches, or buses.
It was manned by a very pleasant attendant with a
ticket machine charging cars £1 (about $1.40) and
coaches £5 (about $7).
This parking attendant worked there solid for all of 25
years. Then, one day, he just didn't turn up for work.
"Oh well", said Bristol Zoo Management - "we'd better
phone up the City Council and get them to send a new
parking attendant .. . . "
"Err . . . no", said the Council, "that parking lot is your
"Err . . .. no", said Bristol Zoo Management, "the
attendant was employed by the City Council, wasn't
"Err . . .. no!" insisted the Council.
Sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain
(presumably), is a man who had been taking the
parking lot fees, estimated at £400 (about $560) per
day at Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years. Assuming 7
days a week, this amounts to just over £3.6 million
($7 million - or $280,000 every year for 25 years)!
And no one even knows his name.
This articel was published in the "Bristol Evening Post"
on April 1, 2007.