HR Strange But True!
March 10, 2004

Some people just can't get enough sick days. According to San Francisco police, John Saybe is one of them.

Already in trouble for taking too much sick time at the dental office where he worked, the 42-year-old man concocted a plan to get himself some more: He would write a bomb threat and post it in the elevator of his office building, police said.

It worked the first time--and even the second time, with police evacuating the building both times and Saybe going home with everyone else. But with the third threat, police figured out that there was no bomb and stopped clearing people out.

"Everybody had to shut down; a lot of offices sent everybody home," police Inspector Richard Moses told the San Francisco Chronicle. "When there was no evacuation, the notes seemed to get a little uglier." That's right--there were more threats, bringing the total to six.

Then Saybe lost his job, because (you guessed it) he had taken too much sick time. Eventually, he got a new job as a dental assistant in another office. On Feb. 11, a bomb threat turned up in that building's elevator.

By this time, police had traced the fingerprints on two of the previous notes to Saybe, whose prints were on file from an earlier arrest for auto burglary, according to the Chronicle. Police told the newspaper that they hadn't arrested Saybe before the second round of threats because prosecutors declined to file charges, and the original investigator retired.

It was only after Saybe's fingerprints showed up again, in the notes found in the second building, that the police persuaded the district attorney's office to file charges, according to the police account.

Of Saybe, an assistant district attorney remarked: "It appeared that he was not happy at work."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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