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Parking attendant stole $400,000 by undercounting cars at Smithsonian air museum
Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2012 | Mary Pat Flaherty

Posted on 09/30/2012 12:29:24 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Edited on 09/30/2012 12:45:07 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Car-by-car over the past three years, a parking lot attendant at the Smithsonian Institutionís Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly dutifully collected a $15-a-vehicle fee ó and then routinely stashed wads of the cash into a duffel bag and took it home with him, court records show.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: government; museum; theft; udvarhazycenter
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center parking lot "Daily parking is available for $15 (free after 4:00 pm)"


1 posted on 09/30/2012 12:29:33 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

$15.00 to PARK a CAR??? The attendant isn’t the ONLY one stealing here!


2 posted on 09/30/2012 12:33:47 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

In unions there is strength. But when busted you’re on your own.


3 posted on 09/30/2012 12:34:33 PM PDT by relictele
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To: relictele
I doubt they were in a union. Probably just employees of a parking management company.
4 posted on 09/30/2012 12:40:03 PM PDT by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Visited there last year. Nice place for plane buffs. Also, the "mother ship" model from Close Encounters is (was?) there, joke parts like an R2-D2 and all.

No knowing whether my sister's parking fee went to the right place.

5 posted on 09/30/2012 12:40:50 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Wait a minute! Romney doesn't suck? I'm trying to keep up.)
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To: Frank_2001
$15.00 to PARK a CAR??? The attendant isn’t the ONLY one stealing here!

But....our national museums are "free."

6 posted on 09/30/2012 12:41:40 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He is exactly mimicking Social Security. What did he do wrong?


7 posted on 09/30/2012 12:42:13 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Terefe stored some of the stolen cash at his home and used some to buy an interest in commercial property in Ethi­o­pia, prosecutors said. He faces sentencing on Dec. 14.”

Oh Brother


8 posted on 09/30/2012 12:44:19 PM PDT by ColoradoAce
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He must be a democrat,they tend to work that way.Never give the real numbers is their motto.


9 posted on 09/30/2012 12:44:36 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: relictele

Wonder how many were illegals also??


10 posted on 09/30/2012 12:45:11 PM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: ExGeeEye

It’s a great museum.


11 posted on 09/30/2012 12:47:38 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

His actions would be considered normal back in Ethiopia.


12 posted on 09/30/2012 12:49:48 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Typical government operation — without adequate controls, and easy to cheat and abuse.


13 posted on 09/30/2012 12:50:50 PM PDT by expat2
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To: Vaduz

I “love” the part of the story that relates how he wasn’t stealing and was told to get with the program because he was messing up the gravy train by making their counts suspiciously low. Even the supervisor was taking his cut from everyone.


14 posted on 09/30/2012 12:51:56 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: expat2
Typical government operation — without adequate controls, and easy to cheat and abuse.

D.C. Metro parking lot attendants were stealing parking fees. The entire system had to be automated - fare cards.

15 posted on 09/30/2012 12:54:43 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Frank_2001

It really isn’t a bad deal. Pack the car, pay $15, and go into the museum.


16 posted on 09/30/2012 12:54:53 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (I made a prank call...pretended I was a mime.)
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To: Frank_2001
$15.00 to PARK a CAR??? The attendant isn’t the ONLY one stealing here!

Kinda reminds me of the bumper sticker, "Don't steal, the government hates competition".

17 posted on 09/30/2012 12:59:04 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Theoria

Don’t worry, he’ll find work at the TSA.


18 posted on 09/30/2012 1:00:40 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The urban legend ....aka joke !

Fw: A well-planned retirement

From The London Times:

Outside the Bristol Zoo, in England, there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 coaches, or buses.

It was manned by a very pleasant attendant with a ticket machine charging cars 1 pound (about $1.40) and coaches 5 (about $7).

This parking attendant worked there solid for all of 25 years. Then, one day, he just didn’t turn up for work.

“Oh well”, said Bristol Zoo Management - “we’d better phone up the City Council and get them to send a new parking attendant...”

“Err ... no”, said the Council, “that parking lot is your responsibility.”

“Err ... no”, said Bristol Zoo Management, “the attendant was employed by the City Council, wasn’t he?”

“Err ... NO!” insisted the Council.

Sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, is a bloke who had been taking the parking lot fees, estimated at 400 pounds (about $560) per day at Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over 3.6 million pounds ($7 million).

And no one even knows his name.

< /JOKE>


19 posted on 09/30/2012 1:02:32 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Frank_2001

$15...pfffttt! You want to see a REAL parking fee? Try the local lots by AT&T Park when the Giants are playing at home. $40 to $45.

Today, parking alone is what bleacher seats for two, a couple of beers and a couple of dogs cost not long ago.


20 posted on 09/30/2012 1:35:01 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Squantos
Very few people will question you if you act like you know what you are doing.

During World War Two, two Allied airmen waltzed right out of a POW camp and all the way across Germany and France without anyone realizing who they were. One guy had a measuring stick and the other one had a clipboard full of paper and a pencil. They would walk along measuring things; everything from the gate at their camp to curbs and mailboxes. Since they were acting official, nobody wanted to interrupt their work.

21 posted on 09/30/2012 1:36:09 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

$400000 and he was only working two days a week.


22 posted on 09/30/2012 1:37:32 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yet another great immigrant rags to riches American success story!


23 posted on 09/30/2012 1:48:44 PM PDT by golf lover (going)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Cowboys Stadium is just as bad.


24 posted on 09/30/2012 1:50:03 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

musta got greedy...had he glommed onto three or four cars a day nobody would ever notice. many years ago i tagged along on a vendingn machine route. snacking on free candy was cool, but i noticed he always took a quarter from each machine and stuck it in his pocket. wheni asked him, he tod me that nobody would notice one quarter, and he ended up with an extra mabye seventy five bucks a week. back then it was pretty dern good.

nobody ever caught on.


25 posted on 09/30/2012 1:57:53 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The government frowns on private enterprise. Especially this kind.


26 posted on 09/30/2012 2:13:15 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why, this represents money that the government could have used to pay for birth control *and* ObamaCellPhones for up to 22 day-job-challenged women!!

Where is the outrage??

:-)


27 posted on 09/30/2012 2:28:30 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

when did they start charging for parking? when i visited there a while back i was told the guy gave the land to the museum with the agreement that parking would be free.


28 posted on 09/30/2012 2:31:39 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: All
After the LAX parking scandals in the 80’s you would think govts. would have got wiser...

In 1980, when LAX lots were producing $15 million in receipts, the airport’s parking manager claimed that employee theft amounted to less than a half-million dollars. After the installation of a computerized system, it was revealed that LAX attendants were stealing close to $4 million a year. “In L.A.,” says Wilson, “just one-quarter of operations have some kind of automation. That means $600 million a year is being processed with no mechanical controls. Loss rates are very high.” They’re also high for the city government, which claims that parking lot owners have cheated the city out of $23 million in tax revenue since 2008. This past October, the city drew up a law requiring permitted parking lot operators to provide mechanical or digital monitoring to do business in L.A.

29 posted on 09/30/2012 2:37:00 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Supposedly bike parking is free there. Take a bike, drop off your passengers, and then park on the other side of 28 near the CIA building. Bike back.


30 posted on 09/30/2012 2:56:53 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is exactly why METRO went to those darned Metro cards, because attendants were stealing more than a million dollars a year. Yeah, I know shocking that someone in the DC Area would steal. Well, except for Congress!


31 posted on 09/30/2012 3:20:43 PM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: az_gila

I seem to remember that Senator Howard Metzenbaum made much of his fortune in paid airport parking. Until the 60s it was always free. He got the bright idea to start charging for it and voila. Big bucks.


32 posted on 09/30/2012 3:50:52 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Free parking?



Well, maybe the parking attendant's visitors will have some at his next location...



33 posted on 09/30/2012 4:37:28 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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