Wednesday, 1 December 2010

From the London Times: 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.

Yer gotta larf!!


Casdok said...

Oh how funny!

mrsnesbitt said...

Hilarious!How's the snow? Thought we were coming to the end - but no - more last night! Arghhhhhhhhhh!!

Valerie said...

How's that for enterprise! Loved this, can't wait to show it to Hubs. Thanks for starting my day with a laugh.

Dumdad said...

Note to self: must buy ticket machine soonest.

Flowerpot said...

I heard about that fellow on the radio some time ago. Good for him!!

ninotaziz said...

Your blog is my favourite today!

Finding Pam said...

I don't think I have ever heard of this kind of theivery. Aren't people slow to discover things out?

I hope the man enjoys his retirement.

Mama Zen said...

I love it!

Ron said...

Yer gotta larf, is right!


Well, I bet he's enjoying himself on the coast of Europe; spending his pay checks - HA!

GREAT one, m'dear!

Enjoy your day!


Daryl said...

I cant recall where or when but I did hear of this ... loved it then, love it now

Annelisa said...

Lol! That's just brilliant! And nobody thought to check? Well, more fool them then :-) Probably stopped them putting in more expensive machines....

That kinda story just makes my day...thanks Akelamalu!

Akelamalu said...

I thought so too Casdok :)

We've had plenty of snow today Denise :(

Very enterprising indeed Valerie LOL

Good idea Dumdad ;)

That's exactly what I said Flowerpot - good for him!

Why thankyou ninotaziz x

I'm sure he is enjoying himself Pam :)

Glad you enjoyed it Mama Zen :)

Great isn't it Ron, you have to admire him. :)

I love it too Daryl :)

I'm sure it would have cost motorists a lot more had the proper authorities been in charge Annelisa!

Anonymous said...

BWAHAHAHA You made my day my friend :)

Quilly said...

I wish I had the guts to do something like that!

Linda said...

Seriously? You've got to admit that was darned brilliant of the man!

Jo Beaufoix said...

I love that so much. Brilliant, hee hee.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

he built a better mousetrap, didn't he? ha ha ha

smiles, bee

Spiky Zora Jones said...

Oh my god...that is so...freaking smart and ballsy too.

I probably would have etired sooner.

ahahahaha. yeah it makes me laugh.

later sweetie...I'm still sick a little but (cross fingers) the bad part is past. :)

KB said...

There's a man with patience.

Gledwood said...

Hello little Butterfly, what do I want to say?

Thank you for being my friend. That's what I'd really like to say.

You have been my link with normality for many months and years, even though I am sure I exasperate you from time to time, without you and a couple of other "normal" friends I would have had no link at all to reality, normality, nothing at all. Seriously.

So thank you so very much. As you may have noticed, my blog went
BERZERK due to a certain crisis. I've had about 670 comments so far on this post. I'm flattered by the attention but people were desperate, more desperate than ever... and what could i say to make anyone feel better?

I have tried v hard to ensure people are NOT misinformed. Knowledge is power and when you're messing about with a deadly cheical that knowledge might just save your life....

... see I hear how I sound and I'm talking to you. What a sordid life I've become involved in. I have no way out. No way at all. That's the most depressing thing tho...

OK I must ping like a roborovski hamster, it's L8!


Gleds in lovely Frosty London xxxxxxx

Akelamalu said...

I'm happy to make your day Thom m'deario. x

Me too Quilly!

I think so too Linda - absolutely brilliant!

It's great isn't it Jo? :)

He did indeed Bee LOL

It's the sort of thing you wish you'd thought of doing isn't it Spiky? LOL

And nerve KB ;)

I feel for you Gleds I really do and I worry about you. x

snowelf said...

no. way.
That is clever--can you imagine!!??


secret agent woman said...

Wow - that is diabolically clever!

Cloudia said...


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