HR Strange But True!
May 23, 2002

Sure it's a publicity stunt, but you've got to give a tip of the imperial storm trooper's helmet to The online inkjet and printer wholesaler anounced it would pay its employees time and a half for not calling in sick on May 16, the premiere day for "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones."

"The hope is that we can basically bribe our employees to come into work and wait to see Star Wars this week," Goink head Sarah Royer said in a press release issued just before the 16th. The company has a same-day shipping policy, she said, but it also has workers who love high tech and Star Wars. "We hope they show up," she said.

If the ploy failed, Royer added, managers would step into the breach and handle the shipping themselves. "This is something we have not done since was founded in a 300-square-foot office with four people." She added, "May the Force be with us."

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