Do you think this con-artist is an entrepreneur?

January 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Coaching, Passions and Strengths

I heard a great story that I want to share with you.  It resounded with me for quite awhile.  I think this guy was quite clever and a risk taker to say the least.

He was the parking attendant at the local zoo.  He had a parking stall and worked inside the booth for about 8 years, 7 days a week and was never absent, from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.

One day he didn’t show up.  The zoo keeper called the city department and asked for a substitute.  After a long wait, the city responded, saying it was the zoo’s responsibility because the parking attendant wasn’t paid by the city.

The zoo knew the parking attendant wasn’t on their payroll so they got in touch with the mayor’s office.  After waiting half a day they were visited by three men in suits looking very official.

They were told no one was to repeat this story.  There was to be an internal investigation as to how this could have happened.  Apparently the parking attendant had appointed himself as parking attendant and not worked for anyone other than himself for 8 years.  The zoo assumed he worked for the city and the city assumed he worked for the zoo.  No one ever asked any questions.  And all of the parking money went to the parking attendant.  He had committed robbery right under their very own eyes.

After the investigation they estimated the parking attendant walked away with an excess of 8+ million dollars.  I wonder what made him decide to stop that particular day.  He sure had way more than enough.  It’s a great con artist story, don’t you think?  Very clever.

Hmmmm, do you have a local zoo without a parking attendant?

Sarah Wood is founder of Evolving Advisors Inc. and author of ‘How to turn a No or a Maybe into a Yes!”  She is a sales and marketing coach serving professionals who are struggling to attract more clients and increase income.  Her coaching program teaches how to overcome objections so you can sign up all the clients you want and increase your bottom line.  She’s been in sales and marketing for over 20+ years, awarded consistently in her sales career and authored 3 books.  She is a dual citizen of the U.S.A. but lives in Toronto, Canada, with her b/f and four pets.


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