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From TheLondon Times:

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Well-Planned Retirement

Outside Englandís Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses.

For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant....

The fees for cars ($1.40), for buses (about $7).


Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn't 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 parking lot 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 city payroll.

Meanwhile,
sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, or France, or Italy, is a
man who'd apparently had a ticket booth installed completely on his own and then
had simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the
parking fees, estimated at about $560 per day --
for 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7
million dollars..... and no one even knows his name.

I think this is my favorite e-mail ever!
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so the guy is a con artist and a thief...
he ripped off at least the zoo and it's patrons...
and we should celebrate this???
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Similar thing happened to me in spain, in a road just outside saville
2 people with high vis jackets , helped people park in the road and took a fee , i think i paid 4 Euros to park for the day
Only to find out later , it was a free area
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Now that's what I call initiative :-)
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https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fa...ing-attendant/
Urban legend.
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so the guy is a con artist and a thief...
he ripped off at least the zoo and it's patrons...
and we should celebrate this???
Even if the story was true, the zoo didn't pay for a parking attendant nor did the council, so who did he steal from. The patrons were pleased to get such low cost parking. I've paid at our annual Royal agricultural show to park, knowing the guy wasn't official but I was super happy at getting parking.
Stick, I don't think that you are a happy man, you always look at negatives.
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Thank you Ralph, but it was a good story.
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The story goes about a blind man who frequented the boardwalk on the south shore of Long Island. People would give him money. A new police officer saw him and, one day, decided to follow him. Curious to see where he lived and how he made it to the boardwalk each day. The fellow left the boardwalk, went a couple of blocks, turned a corner, took off his sunglasses and got into a new convertible! Story was from a former police officer.

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When I was in Turkey there was a story going around about a gardener who came ever day, cut the grass, groomed the flowers, etc. Supposedly he did this for something over 20 years, then asked for retirement pay. No record of him ever being on the payroll. But ultimately he got his retirement pay. Dunno how true that one is.

Heard one, don't 'think' it is true, but never can tell. They caught a long time bank employee stealing funds. As it turned out he had started from about day one working, and he'd been there for over 20 years. He immediately said he would return all the money - turned out he had not spent a time. So they let him off. But he failed to mention that all that money was in a bank, gathering interest. He kept the interest. Last time he was seen was walking up the gangplank of a cruise ship, with a young lady on each arm.

Now one that is actually true. A panhandler in I believe Phoenix, Arizona. No job, etc. Someone interviewed the guy, and they found out he had no intention of getting a job. Seems his average intake a day was over $400. Don't know what happened, but this one definitely should be in jail.
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My brother was one of the last people who knew Cobal, and a bank called him back to revise the code and he found that someone had inserted a routine so that when computing interest, the fractions of a penny were credited to the programmer's own account. This had gone on for many years by that time, but because all the old records were on backup tapes, it was too much effort to go back and figure out how much, but at thousands of computations per day for a couple of decades, the take had to have been pretty healthy. He also did programming for a big utility and discovered that for years, if you wrote a check for $ 2.62 cents, it would mark you as paid in full no matter the actual amount you owed. Where there's unwatched money, some scheemer will soon be at work.

I'm with Stick on this one. Don't like this kind of scheemer.
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