one smoothe operator

Still Walkin' by Jan Curran

A recent email I received told about a parking lot attendant at a zoo in Bristol, England. For 25 years the parking fees were handled by a very pleasant and cordial attendant. He never missed a day’s work. Then one day he didn’t show for work. The zoo contacted the city and asked them to send a replacement for the man. The city did some research and confirmed that the parking lot belonged to the zoo and that it the (city) had never hired a parking attendant. The lot held 150 cars and 8 buses. The fees were $1.50 per car and $7.00 per bus. Someone calculated the revenue generated by the lot to be about $560 a day. So for 25 years, assuming it was open 7 days a week, this amounts to about $7 million. Nobody at the zoo knew the attendant, not his name nor where he came from nor where he lived. Some suspect he may have entered the pearly gates. Other more cynical types picture him enjoying retirement on a beach in France or Spain or even Florida. Some may even suspect, that having so successfully navigated the cracks in British bureaucracy, he decided to try his hand at where real money could be made and ran for Congress. Sort of brings tears to your eyes now, don’t it!

Jan D. Curran

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