*I just spent a week on Oahu, and although I was on assignment (rough life, right?)
I did manage to unplug for a bit and take in the gorgeous sights. I got grief about it from a few of my colleagues, and that was after just one week away.
I wonder what they’d have thought if I’d stayed away for six years.
Joaquin Garcia, 69, did just that. The retiree was fined $30,000 recently after officials discovered he hadn’t shown up for work for at least six of his final years on the job. Ironically, the civil servant’s extended sabbatical was discovered only after the deputy mayor of the town he lived in tried to give Garcia an award for 20 years of “loyal and dedicated” service in 2010.
“I thought, where is this man?” the deputy mayor said. “Is he still there? Has he retired? Has he died?”
Garcia did in fact retire shortly after a legal case against him was launched that year. It finally wrapped up this week…
SIX YEARS LATER???
…with Garcia losing an appeal and being issued the $30,000 — that’s the equivalent of one year’s salary, the most that could legally be reclaimed.
The investigation concluded that Garcia hadn’t been to his office for at least six years — and possibly 14 — and had done “absolutely no work” from 2007 to 2010. He was to have been supervising the construction of a water treatment plant.
In a classic example of “who’s on first?,” the water company thought the city council was in charge of Garcia, and the city council thought the water company was steering the ship. A water company official admitted to not having seen Garcia for years, despite having worked out of an office across from Garcia’s.
Garcia’s unsuccessful legal argument claimed he was “bullied” and given a job with no actual work to do because of his socialist politics.
I like Bernie Sanders, so…
I’m going to try to run that argument by my EURthisnthat.com editor. If you don’t see any posts from me for a few days, it didn’t work!!!
Cue overworked editor: No way, my brother. I’d miss you IMMEDIATELY!