Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Talk: Freakin' Genius

****ETA: Thanks to "Anonymous", who I just love with all my heart, shoot me for lying the story below is "false" and well... I'm all about "reality" on this blog, so I'm telling you up front it's been "Snoped" as false -- either way... who the hell knew you could make so much money off a parking lot?!

Original post:

Sorry this isn't going to be informative, deep or even very insightful... but it sure as hell was a shocker to read, so I'm sharing.

Saskia... this one's for you:

From The London Times:

A Well-Planned Retirement


Outside England's 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 were £1 for cars ($1.40),

£5 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 some such scenario), is a man who'd apparently had a

ticket machine 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.

22 comments:

Momma Hopes said...

wow! that's crazy! (the parking guy) omg how smart he was to think of that! and do it for 25 yearssss!! (not that it's a good thing, don't get me wrong, lol) but very funny i think. i mean he didn't hurt anyone rightt??? ya know what i'm sayin'.

Amber said...

Too bad no one knows his name. Not that I would hunt him down and offer myself as his wife.

RecoveryBabe said...

I say more power to him... and shame on them for not knowing his name. lol.

Lucy Marie said...

That is pure genious!

Shannon said...

Yes, shame on them for not knowing his name!!! But wow, great idea on his part! ha!

Cookie Crums said...

WOW! Can he spread the wealth? LOL. That's craziness.

Saskia said...

BRILLIANT!!! What a chap!!!

Saskia x

Lauren said...

Wow...what a retirement for him!

Lindsey said...

Wow that is genius!!!

Living for the Little Moments said...

Wow! Clever... :)

Meg said...

Hilarious. I can't believe no one figured it out in 25 years!

Annie said...

LOL, too funny! i can't believe no one knew!

Kristen said...

this is flipping hilarious!!!...and true? wowza.

Sunshinemeg said...

Hilarious! So smart.

Anonymous said...

It's an urban legend! Sorry, kids!

http://www.snopes.com/crime/clever/carpark.asp

Ashley said...

That's a crazy story - true or not!

Andi said...

That is a funny story. I tagged you on my blog.

Miss Anne said...

insane... but obviously fake.

had it been true, i'd consider him a genius!

:)

Ms. Salti said...

I wish I were smart enough (and dishonest enough) to do something like that!

Cole said...

REALLY?!?! That's just amazing!

Marissa {sparkles and fate} said...

WOW

The New Black said...

Quite clever, even if it's false. :)