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    ah, if only i'd been thinking

    or more time for photography

    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 to hire a replacement.
    The Zoo advised the Council that the attendant was a City employee , had never been on the Zoo's payroll ....

    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, France, or Italy, is a man who had apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own and then had simply begun to show up everyday, 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.

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    Very clever. Hard earned money.
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    Re: ah, if only i'd been thinking

    Wayne,
    Are you trying to tell us what you've been doing for 25 years.....?

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    ach, i didn't want to reveal my estate on corfu! you've blown my cover.

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    Quote"I don't believe it" unquote.

    That industrious nice man has had some of my cash, good luck to him i hope he enjoys his hard earned gains and more fool the authorities, he won't be traced and must be wearing the biggest grin ever.

    wayne how did you come to here this gem. not made the news over here, strange.

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    What a brilliant story:.
    He must have been a consultant in his previous life, since he showed up without having been called and achieved to sell something to many for which there was no real demand.

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    Saw this one some time back. I think its one of those urban myths. A good one though.

    http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/hum..._attendant.htm
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    hi paul,
    i hope not! we all want to believe in something. derek, a friend sent it to me e-mail.
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    Wayne,
    when AIDS was just becoming a worry and all the airports were covered in brochures telling you where and how to catch it I went to Naples.
    Arrived in the airport- no aids brochures , no publicity, which I found very strange after going through airports throughout europe and Italy and finding a huge awareness campaign in progress.
    Instead in Naples I was approached by a gorgeous girl ,with long dark hair, who offered me a brochure about aids and requested 10000 lire as a contribution for research etc......
    Naples is full of this sort of thing.
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    Re: ah, if only i'd been thinking

    Quote Originally Posted by pollobarca View Post
    Saw this one some time back. I think its one of those urban myths. A good one though.
    No myth; I heard it too, some time ago. And the cash was tax free.
    Sláinte

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollobarca View Post
    Saw this one some time back. I think its one of those urban myths. A good one though.

    http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/hum..._attendant.htm
    well someone took my cash for parking.

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    paul,
    i'll have to put naples on my intinerary. one place i haven't been!
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    I love how snopes.com drops down on top of a story like a tonne of bricks -- and kills it.

    The story is not true.

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

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    Re: ah, if only i'd been thinking

    Quote Originally Posted by Oxide Blu View Post
    I love how snopes.com drops down on top of a story like a tonne of bricks -- and kills it.

    The story is not true.

    http://www.snopes.com/crime/clever/carpark.asp
    I do so hate it when these wonderful stories are exposed
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    yes, sometimes it does come down to a choice between truth and hope.

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