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7 Million Pounds

Many thanks to my Kuwaiti friend for sending this; if this is true, it is hilarious, and a wonderful story of the ingenuity of the human spirit:

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 for cars (£1.40), for buses (about £7.00)..

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 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 pounds……. and no one even knows his name.

September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Adventure, Entrepreneur, Financial Issues, Humor


  1. Entrepreneurship at its finest!

    Comment by Ken | September 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. Don’t you just love it? I hope he is enjoying every penny. He earned it!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 19, 2010 | Reply

  3. is the return compounded?

    Comment by hambone | September 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. LOL, with 7M pounds sterling, who needs compounding? I am guessing some of it has been invested in properties, and into providing a lifelong retirement for this entrepreneur and his family and maybe all his kids and his grandkids and some lucky charities, too. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 20, 2010 | Reply

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