HR Strange But True!
March 15, 2012

Over the past few years, we’ve seen some strange stories concerning state employees. Here are a few of the oddest, from dress codes to payrolls.

No Need to Worry About These Overpaid Public Employees—The constant news of layoffs, pay reductions, and concessions has made the public somewhat sympathetic to the pay plight of public workers. But Blaire Briody of The Fiscal Times has discovered a number of public employees who are “insanely overpaid”—earning much more than President Obama’s $400,000.

61-Year-Old Refuses to Wear Speedo, Loses Job—Usually we hear about employees getting into trouble for not covering up enough. Not the case for 61-year-old New Yorker Roy Lester. He was fired for refusing to wear a Speedo!

Pro Pitcher on State Agency's Payroll Gets the Hook—State prosecutors alleged that a former minor league pitcher accepted paychecks for work he never did at a prison library. Instead of working, he took the money as an incentive to play on the winning team in the Florida Department of Correction Secretary's Tournament in Jacksonville last May, prosecutors said.

Training Weirdness in the Palmetto State—At the time of this article, cosmetologists received more training than police officers in this state. The state required nearly four times as many hours of training for cosmetologists as it does for police officers.

Glancing with the Stars—Ever wonder what celebrities' passport photos look like? Do the celebrities look as good as they do in magazines and on the movie screen? Well, one employee of the U.S. Department of State must have been curious because he accessed passport records for hundreds of famous people.

'Survivor' Winner Suspended from Job—Chris Daugherty survived the CBS show "Survivor: Vanuatu—Islands of Fire" and took home the $1 million prize. Now he has survived a state investigation into an unauthorized leave of absence from his $34,000-a-year job with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

What a Drag!—A correction officer for the state of Connecticut faced allegations that he donned women's clothing and high heels and participated in a 40-yard foot race for Hannah Montana concert tickets even though he was supposed to be unable to work because of a job-related injury.

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