Outside Bristol Zoo there is a car park for a hundred and fifty cars and eight buses. For twenty five years, it’s parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were one pound, forty for cars and seven pounds for buses.
Then, one day, after twenty five solid years of never missing a day of work he just did not 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 car park 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 Council payroll.
Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere off the coast of Spain or France or Italy …. is a man who apparently had a ticket machine installed on his own and then had simply begun to show up every day, to collect and keep parking fees, estimated at about five hundred and sixty pounds a day for twenty five years.
Assuming seven days a week this amounts to five million pounds and no one even knows his name.