To which extremes would you go in order to avoid work?
December 28, 2006 6:39am CST
The recent story of a young German woman in Straubing, Bavaria, tickled my curiosity. She didn't feel like going to work at a fast food restaurant and sent her parents a text message saying she had been kidnapped. The police launched a massive search throughout the region, but the woman simply turned up unscathed the following morning, saying the kidnapper had set her free. She was questioned and finally admitted that she made up the story because she owed a colleague 25 euros ($32.9) and couldn't afford to pay her debt. Well, she now faces a fine of up to 1,000 euros... How about you? To which extremes would you go in order to avoid work?
• Manchester, England
1 Jan 07
I do not make any effort to avoid work and have an excellent attendance record. If circumstances at my current employment made me feel uncomfortable, then I would simply find other employment where I could continue to attend quite happily. As for the example that you give, she could not have considered that failing to attend work would improve a bad financial situation. The only way to have dealt with this would be to explain to the colleague and repay the money at a later date. I also feel that a €1000 fine is light considering the valuable police time that she wasted, so I have no pity for her whatsoever.
29 Dec 06
The worst I have ever done to escape work was to feign illness and I am sure that most of us have done that at some time or another! 25 euros may not sound like a lot to most of us but to the young women it may have been a few days salary for all we know.... The worst I have seen was a video of a young man who had a friend break his leg with a heavy weight to avoid military duty. To me it appears that this guy could have avoided the military duty anyway because he would have failed the psychology test. No rational human being thinks like that, surely?
29 Dec 06
Skiving off work is one thing, avoiding national service is quite another. While the worst I've ever done not to go to work was to call in sick, like most of us, I perfectly understand that some people may take desperate measure not to have to fight. Of course, if it's a simple military service with no conflict involved, breaking a leg seems indeed pretty extreme. Thanks for your feedback! :)
2 Jan 07
I am a workaholic, I just cant think of keeping myself idle, even for a minute. I need something or the other to keep me physically and mentally busy. As said above - that it is better to work off the debt than go to such extremes to shirk work or avoid a creditor.