HR Strange But True!
June 18, 2004

We all know that HR is never dull, but sometimes it can get downright strange

'Boss detector' spooks cops at Philly train station

Security concerns at train stations around the country have been heightened since the terrorist train bombings in Spain, so when authorities found a motion detector sitting by the tracks at a commuter rail yard in Philadelphia last month, they understandably went on high alert.

But as it turned out, the detector had been left by an overnight transit employee who apparently wanted to catch a few Z's, according to CBS News.

The employee told the FBI he put the device by the tracks to alert him to approaching people, particularly supervisors. "It was in a perfect place if you wanted to get some sleep and be alerted if your boss is coming," James B. Jordan, security chief for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, told reporters at a news conference. "He knew the route his supervisor would be walking across the yard."

When word of the device's discovery spread, the employee turned himself in, SEPTA officials said.

"It appears to be a case of employee misconduct rather than a threat of terrorist activity," Jordan said. "I think he is about to begin taking vacation time immediately."

Source: CBS News

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