HR Strange But True!
December 14, 2007

Loyal readers of this column know that we end the year with an ezine featuring our selections for the strangest stories of the year. We plan to do that again this year, but CareerBuilder has already come out with their list of the 15 weirdest workplace tales, so we figured, hey -- why not share and compare?

Some of the stories were covered in this column, and here, in no particular order, are our picks of their picks:

  • Screwing your Employer a Million Times Over -- An assembly worker hid screws in a specially designed hiding place and took home up to 7,000 screws with him every workday over a 2-year period. Authorities said he stole more than 1.1 million screws with an estimated value of $155,000, selling them over the Internet at discount prices.
  • Give Me All Your Money! And How About a Date? -- After three men robbed a Domino's Pizza delivery woman of two pizzas and her cash, one of them called the victim from his cell phone to apologize -- and to ask her out. She gave his number to police, who arrested two of the three robbers.
  • Deputy's Husband Pulls Her Over for DUI -- Twice -- An off-duty jail deputy was pulled over and charged with driving under the influence by her husband, a fellow deputy. She reportedly left before he could give her a Breathalyzer test, so he pulled her over again and called for backup. She was placed on administrative leave.
  • Employee Eats 32 Vending Machine Items for Charity -- A juvenile probation officer ate one of every item in a courthouse vending machine in one day. She consumed more than 7,000 calories and more than 300 grams of fat, eating such items as beef sticks, candy bars, Pop Tarts and potato chips. It was done to win a bet with co-workers and raise $300 for charity.

You can see the rest of CareerBuilder's top 15 weirdest -- including the naked carpenter, fighting soda salesmen, salty police officer, and prudish airline attendant -- here.


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