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Apparently, a true story... Most likely an urban myth

Outside Bristol Zoo, there is a car park for 150 cars and 8 coaches.
It was manned by a very pleasant attendant with a ticket machine charging cars £1 and coaches £5.

This parking attendant worked there solid 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..."
"Err no", said the Council, "that car park is your responsibility"...
"Err no", said Bristol Zoo Management, "the attendant was employed by the City Council, wasn't he?"...
"Err NO!"

Sitting in his villa in Spain, is a bloke who had been taking the car park fees, estimated at £400 per day at Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years...

Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over £3.6 million...
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Maybe this is urban myth but back in 73 when petrol was really scarce and queues formed hours before garages opened a similar incident happened here in Dublin. A guy wearing a white coat went along all the cars in the line telling them that they could have a fivers worth today and that he was collecting the money in advance to speed up the queue ( remember a fiver would fill most cars). He collected the fiver and handed over a receipt. When the garage opened and the first driver handed in his receipt he was told that the bloke had nothing to do with the garage and that they all had to pay up. Nice easy cash for a mornings work.

A True Parking Permit Dit this time:

A few years ago, when travelling along the Costa de Sol in a hired car from Almeria, we joined a long queue to visit Gibraltar for the day.

At the Algecira Border Crossing Post an official looking Spanish gent, complete with his badged peak cap, clean white coat and a leather satchel, went from car to car along this queue; apparently selling some tickets.

His Mission? To provide Official Car Parking Permits for Day Visitors to Gib @ £5 per Day.
He spoke excellent English and he had a convincing line that these permits were a most essential requirement in Gibraltar.

Meanwhile, two armed Spanish Policemen patrolling the area did nothing to shoo him away, so he appeared to be a legitimate official.

We saw him sell quite a few in the 45 minutes of our wait, but we declined his offer as I was taught to be cautious.....
Needless to say (but I will!) Parking WAS difficult in Gib; but as those permits of his proved to be totally unacceptable he was laughing all the way to el Banco....

On reflection, he had quite a good scam going, and he might even have been an enterprising Brit? Is he still at it, even?

Bob L

PS During our drive around Gibraltar, Margaret spotted the back view of a youth with a group in civvies who she swore was someone in the Army who had been at school with our two sons.
As we had passed this group quite quickly in thick traffic we had nowhere to stop and check up on him. Anyway I was certain that this chap was actually with his Regiment in Germany.
Months later, when we saw him at home on leave, Margaret quizzed him and - Yes, his Unit had arrived in Gib just that week and so it WAS him who she had spotted at that time & location.....

Small World, but don't we males just hate it when our dearly beloved is proved right, yet again ????
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