From The London Times: A Well-Planned Retirement

Posted: October 9, 2010 in Thoughts

A perfect example of government mismanagement.

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),for buses (about £7).
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 it 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 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 million pounds … and no one even knows his name.

Is this why they say ‘Life begins at retirement!’ 🙂


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Comments
  1. … Coastline of italy, Belgium and the netherlands, where there are discussions that will even england right now there … Several of them successfully obtain retirement benefits or perhaps are generally involved throughout other organization.emerytura w anglii

  2. Ken in Dublin says:

    If ever there was a story too good to be true, this is one. Not only has a crack team of journalists from the Bristol Evening Post conducted a thorough investigation and found the tale of the phantom car park attendant to be “nothing more than an urban myth,” they have also succeeded in pinning down its exact point of origin: the Bristol Evening Post!

    And I quote: “A version of the story did appear in the Evening Post two years ago,” explains an article in the June 13, 2009 edition of the paper, “in a feature on urban myths published to coincide with April Fools’ Day.”

    I.e., it’s a two-year-old April Fools’ prank gone viral; nothing more to it than that. For the record, the article further states that Bristol Zoo actually has more than one car park — several, in fact, none of which are open to coaches (buses) — and a comparable number of duly-hired attendants on the job.

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