A well-planned retirement

parking lot

The London Times reported the following news item regarding The Bristol Zoo where there is a parking lot for 150 cars and eight buses. 

For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant.  He routinely collected $1.40 for the cars and $7 for the buses.


One day, after 25 years of never missing work, he didn’t show up so the zoo management called the city council and asked them to send 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 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 Italy is a man who apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own and then simply showed up each day, collecting the fees, estimated at about $560 a day.  Assuming seven days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million dollars – and no one even knows his name.

I’m thinking of installing a toll booth in front of my house on South Montgomery and charging cars $1.  I figure I’d make about $2,000 a day.  When I get caught, I’ll just plead insanity which won’t surprise many of my friends.

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