A few weeks ago, we wrote about a few of the strangest stories about state employees we’ve reported on here at HR Strange but True! This week we’re going to look back at a few to the oddest state (or local government) mistakes.
Intern: Who's the Genius Who Left Me in Charge of Sensitive Data? —A 22-year-old intern with the state of Ohio was given a lot of responsibility when he was asked to handle two tapes containing sensitive data after work each day. When he was fired after a tape was stolen from his parked car, the intern pointed the finger at his supervisors, who he claims never gave him proper instructions on how to handle the tapes when he brought them home.
Paychecks: Decimal Points Are Important—We've seen mistakes on paychecks, but this one is big. How off was the paycheck? Oh, it had three extra zeroes on it and would have made someone the highest-paid employee in the state of Oklahoma.
Honesty May Not Have Been the Best Policy for This WC Claim—In this case, an employee had her WC claim denied because she was too honest! After a bank teller in the small town of Gilby, North Dakota, (population 226) found herself in her second armed robbery attempt about a year ago, she was denied WC for her post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jury Duty Traffic Jam—A computer glitch recently caused quite the holdup in front of a California court. Roughly 1,200 people, who were all summoned to show up for jury duty at the Placer County courthouse at the same time Tuesday morning, found out it was all a mistake.
What's the weirdest thing you've seen at work? Share your story!