A Spanish official stopped going to work for six years. Only when he was to be rewarded for his long and faithful service, the absence was discovered, and the man has now been ordered to pay back salaries 6 years worth to the employer.
It was in 2010 that an official was to be rewarded for 20 years of loyal service with the authorities in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz. However, there was a problem. The long and faithful service was perhaps not as long or faithful as they thought. The man had not even come to work for the past six years, writes El Mundo.
The official, who is now 69 and retired, had the job of supervising the construction of a water treatment plant in the city. The company responsible for the construction had not seen him at work for several years, but assumed that he had stayed at his office at the town hall.
The authorities in the city believed the man was with the construction company.
In his defense, the man claims that he was subjected to harassment by the authorities. Because of political views within his family, the city had chosen to place him at the water treatment plant to get him "out of the way."
This was in 1995, and according to the official himself, there was a year later, "nothing to do" in supervision, and that he therefore lacked duties for as much as 14 years. He chose not to report the shortage of work to the authorities because he was afraid of not being able to find a new job at his age.
His family also claims in the man's defense that he actually went to work occasionally, but rarely full working days, and that he during the years instead chose to study philosophy.
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