An urban legend that a self-styled parking attendant collected a fortune from visitors to Bristol Zoo over twenty years prior to retiring abroad could be based upon truth, scientists declare.
The story informs of a man who supposedly worked as a car park attendant outside Bristol Zoo, collecting money from visitors for 20 years.
When he didn’t show up for work one day, Bristol Zoo contacted Bristol City board to ask whether they were going to send out another staff member to work in his place.
Nevertheless, the tale goes that it later took place the council believed he worked for the zoo – and neither celebration had worked with the secret parking area attendant.
Instead, he gathered the money for himself prior to vanishing abroad to retire.
The structure of the urban myth is unidentified and the tale has actually been contested by both Bristol Zoo and Bristol City Council for several years.
However, a group campaigning to stop visitors for Bristol Zoo parking on the neighboring Downs now declares to have actually uncovered clues pointing to its possible origins.
The story tells of a guy who reportedly worked as a parking area attendant outside Bristol Zoo, collecting cash from visitors for 20 years. Pictured: A real parking lot attendant at Bristol Zoo
The group, Downs For Individuals, firmly insists there is no evidence that individuals who allegedly unofficially collected parking cash did anything unlawful or wrong.
But the group’s spokesperson Susan Carter informed Bristol Live there may be some fact behind the bizarre misconception.
She explained that there were traditionally people who took it upon themselves to gather cash from those bring up to park at the Downs to visit the zoo.
It was uncertain who the money went to, she said.
Downs for People made the discovery when looking into for a court case versus the Downs Committee and Bristol City Council following a recent decision by the Committee to rent a big location of arrive on the Downs to the zoo for twenty years.
The area is used as an overflow parking area for the zoo on busy days.
The foundation of the urban legend is unknown and the tale has been objected to by both Bristol Zoo and Bristol City Council for years. Envisioned: Bristol Zoo
Susan Carter described that there were historically individuals who took it upon themselves to gather money from those pulling up to park at the Downs to go to the zoo. Imagined: The zoo parking area
Ms Carter declared that research study from the Bristol Archives found parking area attendants were authorised by either the Downs Committee or Bristol Zoo by 1958 and 1983 respectively.
Nevertheless, during the very same period individuals took it upon themselves to make their method onto the Downs and collect voluntary contributions from vehicle drivers parking up.
This resulted in a mix of volunteers – some possibly working individually – asking for a donation to park.
‘ We made a surprise discovery when doing research in the Bristol Archives for our existing lawsuit: There is fact behind the myth of Bristol’s phantom zoo parking attendant,’ Ms Carter said.
Ms Carter declared that research study from the Bristol Archives found car park attendants were authorised by either the Downs Committee or Bristol Zoo by 1958 and 1983 respectively. Pictured: A real parking lot attendant
Downs For Individuals have even found the name of among the volunteer managers – Mr S W Barrett, who monitored parking from 1978
‘ The failure to provide correctly for zoo visitors getting here by car goes back a century, to the 1920s.
‘ For almost thirty years, from 1958 until the mid-1980s, and quite most likely for 30 years before that, individuals were able to make their living as parking attendants, gathering “voluntary” donations from vehicle drivers parking on rough ground outside the zoo.’
It is from here that she believes the confusion might have developed.
Downs For Individuals have even discovered the name of among these volunteer managers – Mr S W Barrett, who supervised parking from 1978.
Ms Carter worried that Mr Barrett, and any other attendants, not did anything incorrect and they in fact wish to trace him or his family to discover more about his role.