A Well Planned Retirement

Carolyn Hileman - The Voice | July 14, 2009 

What a gig!!!

A Well-Planned Retirement – From The London Times:

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.

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