HR Strange But True!
February 16, 2006

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a no-tolerance policy ... on solitaire in the workplace.

Bloomberg recently directed an aid to fire an employee whom the mayor spotted playing solitaire on his work computer in the city's legislative office in Albany, the Associated Press reports.

Bloomberg was shaking hands and posing for a photo with Edward Greenwood IX when he noticed the game of solitaire open on Greenwood's computer. Bloomberg fired Greenwood later, citing a policy barring inappropriate use of city computers, the news service notes.

"The workplace is not an appropriate place for games," Bloomberg said. "It's a place where you've got to do the job that you're getting paid for."

Greenwood admitted that he did play solitaire occasionally at work but said that he'd play only for a short period of time.

"It wasn't like I spent hours and hours a day playing, because I had plenty to do," Greenwood tells the news service. "If I had been working at something exhaustively for two hours, I might get a cup of coffee and play for a minute but then go right back to my work."

However, Bloomberg says even a brief game of solitaire is inappropriate behavior.

"I expect all city workers, including myself, to work hard," the mayor tells the news service. "There's nothing wrong with taking a break, but during the business day, at your desk, that's not appropriate behavior."

Source: Associated Press

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