2 men skip work for 15 years be­fore their bosses no­ticed

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Two men in south­ern Spain got away with play­ing hooky from work for 15 years be­fore their bosses even no­ticed.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that two lo­cal gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees never showed up for work, but the gar­dener and driver still reg­u­larly cashed their pay checks, The Lo­cal re­ports.

The pair’s dis­mal work ethic first came to light after the au­thor­ity’s hu­man re­sources depart­ment started prob­ing staff labour records, El Pais re­ports.

They ini­tially dis­cov­ered the duo had not worked a sin­gle day from Jan­uary 2015 to the date of the in­quiry in May 2016. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed they’d been skip­ping work since at least 2001.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the men’s union, the CGT union, claimed the em­ploy­ees had done nothing wrong. He cited a “tacit agree­ment” with pre­vi­ous coun­cil­men that al­lowed union mem­bers to take off “ac­cu­mu­lated days” and to share the va­ca­tion days of col­leagues, per 20 Min­u­tos.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also dis­cov­ered sev­eral mem­bers of the town’s SIP lo­cal po­lice union were also not work­ing as hard as they should have been. In 2015, one em­ployee was found to have worked for just 96 days, an­other for 66 days and a third for 47 days.

The em­ploy­ees claimed they were at­tend­ing meet­ings, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors found these events never took place, ac­cord­ing to the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment’s state­ment. “In some cases it is cu­ri­ous that they claimed to have had these meet­ings on pub­lic hol­i­days, ob­vi­ously with­out it tak­ing place at all,” the town hall’s state­ment added.

The rev­e­la­tions come just five months after it emerged that a build­ing su­per­vi­sor in nearby Cadiz sim­i­larly went six years with­out show­ing up for work. He was caught out after get­ting an award for two decades of ser­vice.

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