Skip to comments.Parking attendant stole $400,000 by undercounting cars at Smithsonian air museum
Posted on 09/30/2012 12:29:24 PM PDT by Cincinatus' WifeEdited 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 Institution’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly dutifully collected a $15-a-vehicle fee — 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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$15.00 to PARK a CAR??? The attendant isn’t the ONLY one stealing here!
In unions there is strength. But when busted you’re on your own.
No knowing whether my sister's parking fee went to the right place.
But....our national museums are "free."
He is exactly mimicking Social Security. What did he do wrong?
“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.”
He must be a democrat,they tend to work that way.Never give the real numbers is their motto.
Wonder how many were illegals also??
It’s a great museum.
His actions would be considered normal back in Ethiopia.
Typical government operation — without adequate controls, and easy to cheat and abuse.
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.
D.C. Metro parking lot attendants were stealing parking fees. The entire system had to be automated - fare cards.
It really isn’t a bad deal. Pack the car, pay $15, and go into the museum.
Kinda reminds me of the bumper sticker, "Don't steal, the government hates competition".
Don’t worry, he’ll find work at the TSA.
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.
$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.
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.
$400000 and he was only working two days a week.
Yet another great immigrant rags to riches American success story!
Cowboys Stadium is just as bad.
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.
The government frowns on private enterprise. Especially this kind.
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??
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.
In 1980, when LAX lots were producing $15 million in receipts, the airports 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. Theyre 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.
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.
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!
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.
Well, maybe the parking attendant's visitors will have some at his next location...