By Seth Fiegerman at Mashable
Modern folk hero, or menace to society? You decide.
Joaquin Garcia, a 69-year-old civil Spanish servant, has been fined $30,000, or one year’s salary, for not showing up to his job for six years.
Garcia, tasked with overseeing the construction of a waste treatment facility, claimed he was bullied into a no man’s land position that didn’t actually require much work, but he reportedly chose to keep the ruse going to support his family.
He did show up to the office for brief periods of time, but apparently devoted much of his ample free time to becoming “an expert on the philosopher Spinoza,” according to The Independent.
(As one does.)
In the end, officials only learned of his long delinquency when they wanted to commemorate his 20 years of employment, only to realize he wasn’t exactly an active employee.
Basically, he is the exact opposite of the stapler guy from the movie Office Space, who was fired, but kept showing up to work for years unaware.
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