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 responsibility.”

“Err . . . no”, said Bristol Zoo Management, “the attendant was employed by the City Council, wasn’t he?”

“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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