Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Good Plan for Retirement

> From The London Times: May 15, 2009
> 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 pound (about $1.40) and coaches A5 pounds (about
> 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 he?"
> "Err ... NO!" insisted the Council.
> Sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, is a bloke who had
been taking the parking lot fees, estimated at 400 pounds (about $560) per
day at Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this
amounts to just over A3.6 million pounds ($7 million)!
> And no one even knows his name.

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