Every few months or so, someone submits the following one-liner to us:
I could leave the office right now and no one would notice. PGP.
It’s a classic, but I always think to myself, “That’s a little ridiculous.” Because surely someone would notice if you just ghosted. Enter Joaquín García, a 69-year-old Spanish civil servant that somehow managed to game the system for the last 6 years, possibly the last 14. According to the The Guardian, García’s fade into the abyss was only discovered after he was chosen to receive an award for his two decades of loyal service as an engineer supervising a water treatment plant. Sounds important, honestly.
From The Guardian
After the former manager of the water board, who had the office opposite Garcia’s, told Fernández he had not seen his employee for several years, the deputy mayor called the engineer in. “I asked him: what are you doing?” Fernández said. “What did you do yesterday? And the previous month? He could not answer.”
A court this week fined Garcia €27,000 (£21,000), the equivalent after tax of one year of his annual salary, having earlier found that the engineer did not appear to have occupied his office for “at least six years” and had done “absolutely no work” between 2007 and 2010, the year before he retired.
Imagine having such little relevance at your office that nobody even bats an eye when you stop showing up for 6 FUCKING YEARS.
García admitted that he did not keep “regular business hours,” but claimed that workplace bullying over his family’s socialist politics were to blame. There’s a joke about a socialist doing nothing but still getting paid for it that could be made here, but honestly, I’m not sure I’m the guy to make it. I’m sure the socialist thing is just a red herring and is in no way representative of the modern socialist’s work ethic, or lack thereof. Total coincidence.
Either way, big shoutout to this dude for being a huge piece and somehow getting paid for it. .
[via The Guardian]
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