Outside Bristol Zoo there is a parking area for 150 cars and 8 buses. For
25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The
fees were £1 for cars, £5 for buses .
Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he
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 area 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 some
such scenario), 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 £350 per day -- for 25 years.
Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over £22 million!
And no one even knows his name.
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