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El Funcionario Fantasma

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Do you reckon we've got many civil servants like this?


    A Spanish civil servant who didn't turn up for work for at least six years was eventually found to have been missing, but not missed, after he became due for a long service award and couldn't be found to receive it.
    rachel_g41 likes this.
  2. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Established commenter

    This is brilliant.

    Surely his managers should be taken to task for not noticing?
  3. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    Surely we've all worked with people whom we'd like to have been on a permanent unofficial sabbatical?
  4. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    A bit like the Ignore button on here, now that I come to think of it...
  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    There was a similar case a few years ago about a German (maybe Swiss) man. In his case though I think he actually turned up to work everyday for years, sat at his desk and did what he wanted. No-one gave him any work to do and he didn't ask for any, similar scenario of everyone thinking he worked for a different department.

    Nice work if you can get it.
  6. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    There was a guy exactly like that in the NHS physics dept I worked in. His salary was paid by the medical school rather than the hospital, but in some weird deal that had been worked out between the hospital and the medical school, the physics dept agreed to look after some of the medical school's equipment in return for a member of staff.

    The odd thing about the deal was that it was never established precisely where the chain of management for this guy lied or exactly what his role was to be.

    He never got involved in any of the hospital physics dept's projects and nobody had a clue what he was actually working on. He joined us for the tea breaks where lively discussions about the price of fish would invariably take place, then return to his corner of the labs, tinker about with something or other.

    Nobody in the medical school's physics dept knew what he did either. They would see him pop in occasionally and assume he was one of us, just as we assumed he was one of them.

    Happy days.

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