Kicker: Playing hooky

MARY REICHARD, HOST: On any given day, millions of people play hooky from work. We’re sure you’ve never done it, but you probably know someone who faked a cough for a day or two.

Get this: a government worker in Spain managed to play hooky for ten years!

Carles Recio worked as an archivist in Valencia province. He’d clock in at a government office, go home, and return at the end of the day to clock out.

Even though he produced no work whatsoever, Recio managed to collect his $58,000 salary for a decade. Last summer, Recio’s colleagues finally lodged a complaint and administrators fired the man.

Officials decided not to prosecute Recio. In July, a civil court merely banned him from taking any government jobs for nine years.

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