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11 June 2009 @ 10:43 am
Long-term social engineering  
"A Well-Planned Retirement"
From The London Times:

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 (about $1.40) and coaches £5 (about $7).

This parking attendant worked there 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..."

"Er ... no", said the Council, "that parking lot is your responsibility."

"Er ... no", said Bristol Zoo Management, "the attendant was employed by the City Council, wasn't he?"

"Er ... 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 (about $560) per day at Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over £3.6 million ($7 million).

And no one even knows his name!
 
 
 
The Crashing Down of Hollow Years: spit takeblackpaladin on June 11th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
That's... kinda awesome. :-)
Sister Straight Razor of Toleranceninjacooter on June 11th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Now THAT is ENTERPRISING.
(Anonymous) on June 12th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Snopesed
http://www.snopes.com/crime/clever/carpark.asp

Sorry, not true. :)
punkwalruspunkwalrus on June 12th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Snopesed
Ah, crap, and I looked it up in snopes, too! I must have used the wrong search terms...