A perfect example of government mismanagement.

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A perfect example of government mismanagement.

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A Well-Planned Retirement

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.
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Post by spider »

Although shocking if true, it does not surprise me that much.

You could argue in a way they have (partly) 'worked' for some of that money though, although its not completely legally earned as far as I can see...
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Post by myglaren »

That is a wonderful story.
Self employed and extremely enterprising :)
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Post by Kowalski »

Isn't this an urban myth?
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Post by DickieG »

Kowalski wrote:Isn't this an urban myth?
Dunno but its a great story :lol: :lol:
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Post by Trainman »

It's an article from the times that I pinched from another website, that was apparently in the Times
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Kowalski wrote:Isn't this an urban myth?
Yes
http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/humor/ ... endant.htm
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Post by Trainman »

still a good story
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Post by ACTIVE8 »

Trainman wrote:still a good story
I agree! :wink: