Parking attendant..

8 06 2009

From yesterdays Bristol Evening Post:
Outside Bristol Zoo is the car park, with spaces for 150 cars and 8
coaches. It has been manned 6 days a week for 23 years by the same
charming and very polite car park attendant with the ticket machine.
The charges are £1. per car and £5. per coach.

On Monday 1 June, he did not turn up for work. Bristol Zoo management
phoned Bristol City Council to ask them to send a replacement parking
attendant.

The Council said “That car park is your responsibility.” The Zoo said
“The attendant was employed by the City Council… wasn’t he?” The
Council said “What attendant?”

Gone missing from his home is a man who has been taking daily the car
park fees amounting to about £400. per day for the last 23 years…!
total sum 2.9 million

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5 responses

8 06 2009
jackiepepper

Yeah! Now that’s initiative!!

9 06 2009
Lucy P

Hi, I work at Bristol Zoo & can assure you that this rumour is not true; just another urban myth!

9 06 2009
buxtonmarauder

I bow to your superior knowledge.. still pretty funny though ?

pity it’s not true from a ‘citizen-shafts-govmt’ perspective !

Thanks for the feedback, anyway..

13 06 2009
The Pedant

Actually it would have been a ‘citizen-shafts-citizens’ perspective

7 09 2010
prism2525

Although to a lesser degree perhaps, here in Malta parking attendants are a curse on the Maltese roads as they come up to you right after parking your car and start shaking some coins in his hands to hint you that he’s missing your €0.50 coin. If you don’t oblige you can easily assume that if you find some damages to your car upon return you can probably point at him.

But it must be at least 50c, or else you run the risk of having the coin(s) thrown back at your face in a burst of anger.

The cherry on the cake? These are legal, official parking attendants which are registered with the local authorities, which although the numerous stories and witnesses of such events, they don’t so much as lift a finger.

PS: The tips are ALWAYS non-obligatory, so to speak.

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