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Retiring Man Admits He 'Did Nothing for 14 Years'
The Local ^ | 11 Apr 12

Posted on 04/15/2012 11:39:33 AM PDT by nickcarraway

A German state employee got one last hurrah when he sent a farewell email to 500 colleagues detailing how he had been paid €745,000 for “doing nothing”.

He said he had been “present, but not really there” for the 14 years he had been employed as an engineer at a state surveying office in North Rhine-Westphalia, Die Welt newspaper reported.

Parallel structures of the organisation and shuffling around of work constantly left him with an empty in-tray.

“I am entering retirement fully prepared,” he wrote in the email, before stating exactly how much he had been paid during his career of keeping his desk warm - €745,000.

The 65-year-old thought he had had the last word before heading out of the office door for the last time – except his email was leaked to the regional media and he is now the focus of some attention.

“I do not wish to say anything else,” he told local paper Westfalen Post on Wednesday. “That email was not intended for public view.”

The mayor of Menden, where he worked, has expressed his disappointment and said he felt a “considerable pinch of rage” when he saw the email, as the man had not once complained to the staff council about not having enough to do.

“This kind of behaviour is very telling,” he said, adding that he will not be taking the incident any further.

Menden town council has had to make considerable budget cuts, which has seen the man’s former job eliminated.


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1 posted on 04/15/2012 11:39:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Make him give it back.


2 posted on 04/15/2012 11:41:49 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

A state employee who did nothing for 14 years. Why is this news?


3 posted on 04/15/2012 11:45:33 AM PDT by max americana
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To: nickcarraway; Brilliant
Reminds me of my state's senior senator.


4 posted on 04/15/2012 11:46:30 AM PDT by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: max americana

Because he admits it.


5 posted on 04/15/2012 11:47:15 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: OddLane

yuk. a boob with man boobs.


6 posted on 04/15/2012 11:48:00 AM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: OddLane

Chuck U is looking terribly GAY in that pic.


7 posted on 04/15/2012 11:49:01 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: OddLane

Perfect!


8 posted on 04/15/2012 11:49:47 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: max americana

His open position will be filled by three new hires to take over the work load from his departure.


9 posted on 04/15/2012 11:51:10 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Brilliant

This guy admits it, its all the ones who won’t admit it who are the big problem


10 posted on 04/15/2012 11:52:41 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway

Ah. Biden. Oh... wait.. Germany??


11 posted on 04/15/2012 11:55:22 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: nickcarraway

present, but not really there/

Just like obama


12 posted on 04/15/2012 11:57:17 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: nickcarraway

The legacy of Socialism. Utter and complete waste of human potential and natural resources resulting in unnecessary shortages and misery. A complete denial of the laws of economic supply and demand. Socialism is about fighting the laws of economics and the laws of economics, like the physical laws of gravity, has won every time as seen throughout history right up to the present. Yet history also shows that this denial, in favor of Socialism, has been the usual and persistent state of man.


13 posted on 04/15/2012 11:58:05 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Brilliant

:)


14 posted on 04/15/2012 11:59:55 AM PDT by max americana
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To: OddLane

Up-Chuck needs a bra.


15 posted on 04/15/2012 12:04:36 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: nickcarraway

Government bow wows world wide are like that.


16 posted on 04/15/2012 12:18:29 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: nickcarraway

“The mayor of Menden, where he worked, has expressed his disappointment and said he felt a “considerable pinch of rage” when he saw the email, as the man had not once complained to the staff council about not having enough to do.”

Which says nothing great about the municipal government management skills of the mayor - who should be removed from office while new leadership pursues repayment of what was paid to the slug.


17 posted on 04/15/2012 12:27:09 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: nickcarraway

I once went golfing with my brother in Florida. We were paired with two guys we did not know. As per usual, I started chit-chatting with one guy. He was from Connecticut, said he worked for the state in a transportation-related department, and was now retired on a nice pension.

“What did you do there?” I asked.

He looked me straight in the eye, and grinned as he replied, “Nothing.”


18 posted on 04/15/2012 12:28:06 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2
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To: ponygirl


19 posted on 04/15/2012 12:57:10 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nickcarraway
The mayor of Menden...... “This kind of behaviour is very telling,” he said, adding that he will not be taking the incident any further.

HA - he doesn't do anything either - lol

Many people 'work' at jobs where the hardest thing they do is waking up and getting to the job.

The only thing 'shocking-lite' about this article is this guy admitted it.

20 posted on 04/15/2012 1:02:38 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: max americana
A state employee who did nothing for 14 years. Why is this news?

LOL. Not exactly a man bites dog story, is it?

21 posted on 04/15/2012 1:23:02 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: nickcarraway
My brother was a state paycheck recipient in a large,Rat-controlled state.He worked there for 10 years in order to get social security (from previous jobs) *and* a juicy state pension and a solid gold,completely free,lifetime,post-retirement health plan.He used to laugh about how little he and those around him did.As one might suspect,yes,he's a democrat (I won't call my own brother a “Rat”).
22 posted on 04/15/2012 1:29:49 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: ponygirl

Chucky needs a ‘bro’ and needs to get rid of that rainbow lanyard.

I am sure Rep. Beans ‘n Franks thinks Chucky looks ‘wonderfully’ gay.


23 posted on 04/15/2012 1:32:23 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: nickcarraway
the man had not once complained to the staff council about not having enough to do.

phlegmatic temperment

24 posted on 04/15/2012 1:41:48 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: nickcarraway

Ha. The Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles could teach this guy a lot. He should wander into the SOS offices sometimes. He would be stunned.


25 posted on 04/15/2012 1:52:18 PM PDT by healy61
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To: nickcarraway

Working for the New York City Department of Parks as a summer parkman during summer vacation during my high school days completely and permanently cured me of any socialist leanings and respect for civil servants.


26 posted on 04/15/2012 2:15:56 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like a lot of government employees here in the US!


27 posted on 04/15/2012 2:31:18 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: nickcarraway

Bob Slydell: You see, what we're actually trying to do here is, we're trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work... so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?

Peter Gibbons: Yeah.

Bob Slydell: Great.

Peter Gibbons: Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door - that way Lumbergh can't see me, heh heh - and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.

Bob Porter: Da-uh? Space out?

Peter Gibbons: Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

28 posted on 04/15/2012 2:38:02 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: nickcarraway

And exactly who’s fault is this?


29 posted on 04/15/2012 3:07:20 PM PDT by thatjoeguy (MAYDAY! MAYDAY! We are so going in ! !)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Tell you brother I would happily call him a RAT.


30 posted on 04/15/2012 3:10:23 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: nickcarraway

Would be sad if he just keeled over tomorrow morning. /sarc


31 posted on 04/15/2012 5:53:59 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: nickcarraway

He is the model Obama gub’mint union employee.


32 posted on 04/15/2012 6:51:08 PM PDT by citizen (Sherlock Holmes as Romney might now exclaim "The game's afoot!" Romney now needs his Dr. Watson V-ot)
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To: dfwgator
Bart: "Grandpa didn't you wonder why you were getting a check for doing absolutely nothing?"

Grandpa Simpson: "I figured because the democrats were back in power."

33 posted on 04/15/2012 7:46:49 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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