Thursday, September 24, 2009

If you're worried about retirement, consider this!

A friend sent me this the other day and I thought that it had a lot of promise. My friend and I were trying to come up with ways to supplement our retirement income.  .  This all led to a lenghty and sometimes LOL conversation about what we could do personally to enrich our lives and bring mucho $$$$ to our portfolio.  In full disclosure, a vodka bottle was consumed to get our creative juices flowing.

So with all the doom and gloom about medicare and social security, most of us baby boomers are probably not going to get the benefits that we were counting on to help supplement our income.  Our search for creative ways to add to our nest egg and bottom line is on-going
Below is the article from the London Times that my friend sent to me with a note saying, "trade in your hooker shoes and  G string   (sorry about the visual, it was a large bottle of vodka that we shared)
 and grab your blue jeans and ball cap cause ....This could work!"

 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 busses (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 payrole.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain (or some such scenario), 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.

   Bloggo, if you're reading, this could be a good career move for you?


  1. A friend of mine sent that to me, too! Is that not an amazing story or what!! I should be so clever!

    Have a great day, Peggy!


  2. OMG Is he single???

    (seriously, I do hope that's a true story; it's hilarious and hurray for the little guy with a big imagination! It's just so Robing Hood lol)

  3. That is amazing and that no one thought to check. The vodka sounds like a good way to plan... although in my case, it'd be scotch :)

  4. I know Sylvia, my mind is not very clever. I was shocked that it could go beneath the radar for so long!

  5. Susan;

    i checked the Urban legends buster on and i didn't see this particular retirement article or the London Times mentioned. It May surface later.
    If true, I bet this guy is somehwere else doing something similar.

  6. Rain;

    Scotch is great, but I'm not so great after drinking it. I'm such a lightweight.
    Thanks for your comment,always love to get your view!

  7. Oh My that is Hilarious and very Smart. Yes, I am sure he is laying on an island still laughing at himself and enjoying every moment of it.

  8. Oh I so enjoyed this story. Made my day.

  9. darsden;

    very smart guy, he took a lot of chances but it seemed to work out for him!


    Thank you, made e smile too!

  10. It's definitely one of those head scratcher stories, like "Why didn't I think of that!"

  11. Mari;

    I know, if not me then someone a little quicker should have thought about it .
    Maybe there are many out there.
    Thanks for you comment.

  12. I hope you will find something more suitable. If worst comes to worst I can teach you to win money playing poker.

  13. He's probably now selling sun tan oil and towels to tourists in some tropical paradise.

    Who me, jealous? Just because I'm taking the week off and calling it a vacation just so I don't HAVE to go to work?

    Hmmmm, wonder if the grocery store needs a parking lot attendant? :)

  14. interesting how some are able to make money with schemes and be successful but many more never do.

  15. All the beaches are free in Hawaii. However... maybe I could set up a ticket machine under some coconut tree?

  16. Kay;

    I'm just shocked that this guy got away with this for all these years!
    Glad you back, hope you had a great time with your guests!

    This is a great time of year to have a week off. Our weather here is beautiful. Hope when you go back to work, issues will be all gone. :) (Ok, I also believe in the tooth Fairy,Easter Bunny and the Nessie!)How bout this, I pray that things are better!

  17. Laoch;

    I might have to take you up on that if things get worse! Thank you for your suggestion! It's good to have a back up plan!


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