Was This The Best Scam Ever?

Hi,

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I recently had a good laugh when a smashing, and very good looking friend, who decamped to France a few years ago sent me an e-mail repeating the story of the Bristol Zoo parking attendant who reportedly carried out the scam of the century.

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It appeared that a gentleman worked for 23 years as a Parking Attendant at the Bristol Zoo.

He was a very likable chap and very conscientious about his work, never having even one day off in the whole of that time.

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The parking lot was a biggish one, which accommodated 150 cars and 8 buses, the charges being £5 for a bus and £1 for a car.

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After 20 odd years of doing the job responsibly, he suddenly stopped turning up for work.

Eventually the staff at the Zoo had to call up the relevant department at the Bristol City Council Offices to ask what was happening about the parking.

They wanted to know why a relief Parking Attendant had not been supplied to fill in during the absence of the usual man.

They told the Council that it was their responsibility to sort things out quickly.

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The Council said that they would check into the matter and get back to them.

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They eventually did so and informed the Zoo that it was their own responsibility to run their own car park.

The Zoo argued that the missing attendant was an employee of Bristol Council, so it was not their responsibility at all.

The puzzled council then explained that they had never supplied the machine or supplied a council employee to carry out the job.

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So there is a cunning, if pleasant, conman who could definitely have afforded to retire to somewhere very desirable indeed, having carried out an amazing long term plan.

Having personally installed a ticket machine, he had presented himself every day to collect and pocket the parking fees.

If you think that he worked diligently for 7 days a week for all those years then he would have profited to the amazing sum of almost £5,000,000.

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Who was that strange man, no one even knew his name.

If it was you, you naughty rich boy, shame on you!

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However, although this is a fabulous story that has been circulating for some time, and has taken seriously enough for it to be reported to the police by one concerned person, it may be just an urban myth.

If it is not true then it jolly well should be!

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Have a good one,

Jaksie, x.

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