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State Employee Skips Work On Friday For 17 Years 39

Officials say retired New York prison food services director Howard Dean had a really hard time waiting for the weekend, so he skipped work on Fridays for 17 years. Dean made sure, however, to include those Friday hours on his time cards. The extra hours and bogus travel expenses netted Dean nearly $500,000, according to officials. From the article: "State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Inspector General Joseph Fisch said their investigation found Howard Dean, 64, of Locke, bilked the state Treasury of about $230,000 by skipping work at the state's Food Production Center in Rome every Friday for 17 years but claiming the hours on his time cards, the New York Post reported Wednesday."


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State Employee Skips Work On Friday For 17 Years

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  • Uhh... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by kainewynd2 ( 821530 )

    found Howard Dean, 64, of Locke, bilked the state Treasury of about $230,000 by skipping work at the state's Food Production Center in Rome every Friday for 17 years but claiming the hours on his time cards

    Maybe they should look at the management during his time there as well? Just a friendly suggestion...

  • by George_Ou ( 849225 ) on Friday April 16, 2010 @06:00PM (#31877818)
    There was a woman who worked (for San Francisco I think) on night shifts. She would come in and punch in, go home and sleep, come back in pajamas to punch in during break, then come back to clock out. She did this for several years. Of course the real question is that if no one missed her all those years, does the city really need this position in the first place.
    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Indeed. At least in this case the guy was at work Monday - Thursday. If he was finishing everything that needed to be done in that frame then there wouldn't have been any cues from a productivity standpoint. If the woman mentioned never was there though, then they literally didn't need her.

      Never question the logic of government positions though. Sometimes I think they're there just to give people a job (not always - I'm a government employee myself - just for some positions). Where I'm at we have 1 pos

    • by Chrisq ( 894406 )
      At least she should have had the decency to bring a sleeping bag into work and sleep [aronline.co.uk]. Where would the British motor industry been today if we had that kind of Attitu .... oh wait!
  • by lul_wat ( 1623489 ) on Friday April 16, 2010 @07:16PM (#31878672)
    Why with firehose articles if I click to read a comment it reloads the whole page and only shows that comment?? Then I have to go back and reload the whole page to see comment subjects In normal slashdot articles it just makes space for the comment on the page
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Same with idle aricles. Very annoying.

    • by Rhaban ( 987410 )

      The worst is that it unfolds the comment first, then proceeds to the redirection. I think i'll install a "disable javascript" emergency button that i'll hit just between these two events.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by clone53421 ( 1310749 )

      Strip “idle.” out of the URL and it kills off the Idle-styled CSS/javascript buggery.

      http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=story&sid=10/04/16/2021221 [slashdot.org]

      • I would mod you up but I can't. You sir are a scholar and a gentleman. Unfortunately it's not a perma-fix
    • Well, in Chrome, the comment expands for me, then the browser jumps to a new page with the comment alone. Just like you, it works fine on normal pages and doesn't jump to a single comment entry.

      I suspect some javascript issues. As I write this I also look up at the button above the subject box ... which is apparently the 'cancel reply' button, I say apparently because I had to figure out wtf it said since reading dark green text on a dark grey background is rather difficult.

      Perhaps slashdot should go back

  • This was likely agreed on a handshake back in nineteen-dickety-six. Heck, the guy has probably got a fishing boat and a lifetime's supply of Cubans (cigars, gardeners, whatever) written into his pension.
  • They did this in an episode of Malcolm in the middle, Hal the dad was on trial for, like bribery or corroption or something, but then all the supposed proof all happened on a friday, it turned out to be a setup and they guy had the proof of everywhere he had been playing hookey at on fridays, like the zoo and county fair and stuff.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by dustman81 ( 1134599 )
      Hal was charged with embezzlement for allegedly bilking his company out of millions and placed under house arrest. Hal casually mentions to Malcolm that he has played hooky from work on Fridays for years. The evidence presented in court against him was that all the events occurred on Fridays. Once Malcolm realizes this, he has his father find all of his pictures and tickets of him playing hooky, which were time stamped on the Fridays that the embezzlement took place, thus showing that there was no way Hal c
  • he should be working monday through friday for 5 to 10 to make up for it.

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