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Retiring Public Employee in Germany Never Worked

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A retiring German public employee thought it’d be a good idea to email his 500 coworkers and let them all know he had been paid to do nothing for the last 14 years.

“Since 1998, I was only present but not really there. So I’m going so well prepared to retire,” the former public employee wrote in his farewell letter. He also made sure to mention that during all those years he did nothing, the city of Mendon (in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia) paid him about $975,000.

The retiree says that because of constant reshuffling at his job, he managed to get away with never having to work. Of course, according to Die Welt, he never mentioned any of this to his supervisors while, you know, he was being paid.

Naturally, many people, most especially the mayor of Mendon, are furious (or in a “considerable pinch of rage,” as the mayor puts it) over the letter.

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