She wanted unemployment?
Diary of a goof-off: No work, no pay
A Des Moines woman details her idling on the job on her employer's computer.
By CLARK KAUFFMAN
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
January 19, 2007
A Des Moines hotel worker has been fired for using her employer's computer to keep a massive, detailed journal cataloging her efforts to avoid work.
State records indicate that Emmalee Bauer, 25, of Elkhart was hired by the Sheraton hotel company in February 2005. During most of 2006, she worked at the company's Army Post Road location as a sales coordinator.
At one point during her employment, Bauer was allegedly instructed to refrain from using company time to work on her personal, handwritten journal. Rather than stop writing at all, Bauer allegedly began using her work computer to keep the journal up to date.
"I am going to be typing all my thoughts instead of writing all day," wrote Bauer, according to portions of the journal that were entered into evidence at a recent state hearing dealing with Bauer's request for unemployment benefits. "That way, there isn't any way to tell for sure if I am working really hard or I am just goofing off."
Over the next several months, Bauer composed a book-length journal of 300 single-spaced pages, describing in excruciating detail her dogged efforts to avoid any sort of work.
"This typing thing seems to be doing the trick," she wrote. "It just looks like I am hard at work on something very important."
A supervisor discovered the journal late last year and fired Bauer for misuse of company time.
Other journal entries, according to evidence presented at the hearing:
- "I am going to sit right here and play Elf Bowling or some other nonsense. Once lunch is over, I will come right back to writing to piddle away the rest of the afternoon. ... I have almost 100 pages here! I wonder how long that's going to take to print?"
- "I don't feel like doing a single worthwhile thing today. It's 11:00 and so far I have stuck to that. ... I have managed to waste half of the day doing nothing constructive. That isn't exactly an easy task, either."
- "It's noon already and I don't feel like I have accomplished a damn thing. Accomplishment is overrated, anyway."
She hated her job. Did she think her bosses weren't going to keep track of her work?
You don't do this. She should have just quit, not hand her bosses 300 pages of evidence that she basically didn't perform her work.
God, it makes my head hurt thinking about this level of stupidity.
posted by Steve @ 3:18:00 PM