It’s a Weird World

Span­ish man skipped work for six years

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CADIZ — A Span­ish man was fined af­ter his em­ployer dis­cov­ered that he had been ab­sent from work for six years with­out no­ti­fy­ing any­one.

Joaquin Gar­cia, a 69-year-old en­gi­neer at a mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter com­pany in Cadiz, was fined more than $30 300 af­ter his em­ployer dis­cov­ered that he hadn’t re­ported for work for six years while at­tempt­ing to present him an award for 20 years of ser­vice.

The max­i­mum fine rep­re­sents only sightly less than one year of his an­nual salary of al­most $41,600.

His em­ploy­ers at the wa­ter com­pany be­lieved he was be­ing su­per­vised by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties while deputy mayor Jorge Blas Fer­nan­dez thought the op­po­site to be true.

“We thought he had been su­per­vised by the wa­ter com­pany but that was not the case,” he told Span­ish news out­let El Mundo.

Ac­cord­ing to the BBC lo­cal news­pa­pers have given Gar­cia the nick­name “el fun­cionario fan­tasma” or “the phan­tom of­fi­cial.”

Gar­cia said a com­bi­na­tion of of­fice bul­ly­ing re­lated to his fam­ily’s pol­i­tics and a lack of work for him to do at the wa­ter com­pany ul­ti­mately caused his ex­tended ab­sence. He did not re­port th­ese con­di­tion for fear of los­ing his job.

He did oc­ca­sion­ally re­port to work for brief pe­ri­ods of time but spent his days at the of­fice study­ing phi­los­o­phy.

Gar­cia wrote to the mayor and re­quested to not pay the fine and is seek­ing a re­view of the court’s rul­ing.

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