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,
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
"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."
San Francisco Chronicle