I received the following in an email recently. Could it be true, I wondered? Here’s the email:
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).
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 dollars ....... and no one even knows his name.
The Truth from TruthorFiction.com:
This story is a myth, according a notice posted on "This is Bristol," a visitor information website in the United Kingdom.
The story began circulating around early April and it is believed that this is just an April Fools joke that exploded on the world wide web.
The above story brought to remembrance some thoughts that my friend Gerald and I had when we were in College at the University of Tennessee. We believed that if you put on coveralls and acted like you knew what you were doing that you could go into the student center and carry out chairs and tables. I think there’s some truth in that… it might be amazing what you could pull off by looking and acting official but by being a thief. Note: Gerald nor I never tried to do anything like that.
Something that is really TRUE…
I’m going fishing today… yes indeed. Heading down to Douglas Lake to try for some of those crappie. The boat is all ready… all we have to do is take the cover off the boat, hook up to the Sequoia, and put in a few more rods and the tackle boxes… and off we go. They say it’s going to rain. Who cares? it spring and the fish are biting.
When I was employed and working in industry, one thing that always irked me was people that liked to grab the credit for something that someone else accomplished.
Always give credit where it is due. You’ll be better off in the long run and you can live with yourself.
Joke of the Day
One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and they could do anything God could do.
They went up to God and said, "God, we can do anything now. We can even make a man.”
God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the scientist was done talking, God said, "Very well, how about this? Let's say we have a man-making contest?"
To which the scientist replied, "Okay, great!"
But God added, "Now, we're going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam."
The scientist said, "Sure, no problem," and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.
God looked at him and said, "No, no, no! You go get your own dirt!"