State employee posts thousands of comments online

Dec. 11, 2012

By Katy Grimes

Any private sector employer who discovers an employee stealing from the company has obvious grounds for termination.

Stealing takes on many forms, including surfing the Internet, commenting on news stories, and conducting personal business. Getting paid to work, and then not performing the work is theft… unless the thief works for the government or a unionized company.

“A California Department of Education employee posted approximately 4,900 comments on The Sacramento Bee’s website between December 2010 and December 2011, according to a state report released this morning, reported the Sacramento Bee today.

But this state employee is still working for the state government, according to another reporter I just spoke with.

I worked as a Human Resources executive for more than 20 years at a large manufacturing company. Personal time on the Internet by employees was a problem with some, and we regularly addressed it. We monitored Internet usage, including the websites that were searched while on company time. Those who abused the privilege  were dealt with swiftly.

“Auditors also found that the employee misused state time and equipment for his private contracting business during work hours,” the Bee reported.

But this state employee is still working for the state government.

There is no doubt that this state employee’s coworkers and supervisors know what he was doing. It’s usually coworkers who rat-out a bad employee. And any supervisor worth his weight would see a problem with the employee’s productivity and poor work quality.

A full-time employees works 2,080 hours per year, which is 260 eight-hour days. “Investigators found that the education employee posted comments on sacbee.com 195 days of the 208 days he was at work, averaging about 25 comments per day. On his most active day he wrote 70 comments on sacbee.com during business hours,” the Bee reported.

The bulk of his time at work was spent online. Just the lack of productivity of this guy should have put him on suspension or probation.

The audit is here. Be sure to read the comments on the Sac Bee story. The story points out other agencies with unscrupulous state employees. And notice all of the state employee comments. Some are very interesting, indeed.

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  1. Everybody's doing it
    Everybody's doing it 11 December, 2012, 13:52

    Isn’t that Obama’s job?

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  2. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 11 December, 2012, 15:20

    Typical government shirker.

    — John Seiler

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 11 December, 2012, 15:37

    “A California Department of Education employee posted approximately 4,900 comments on The Sacramento Bee’s website between December 2010 and December 2011, according to a state report released this morning, reported the Sacramento Bee today”

    I kNEW they had tons of gov employees posting on that website!!!

    4900/12= 408/month

    408/22 work days= 18.5/day

    That is more than me, Teddy and Teddy’s 3 sock puppets combined on this site 😉

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 11 December, 2012, 15:40

    “Investigators found that the education employee posted comments on sacbee.com 195 days of the 208 days he was at work, averaging about 25 comments per day.”

    Oppssss.. I was off! 70 in one day. Should be terminated. But gov empoyment is the Fantasyland of work and labor…… 🙂

    I wonder if Teddy approves??? If not would he fire the employee???

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  5. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 11 December, 2012, 16:54

    Ted and the sock puppets can no longer claim that I am a post hog 🙂

    Speaking of Ted’s sock puppets, where has Ulysses Uhaul been lately. I’m beginning to miss the goofball.

    Pack N Ship!

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  6. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 11 December, 2012, 17:25

    Speaking of Ted’s sock puppets, where has Ulysses U Haul been lately. I’m beginning to miss the goofball.

    Pack N Ship!
    =========
    Hahahahahaha….Teddy has U Haul and Queeg (and Burrito Bros) in hibernation for the winter 🙂

    You will notice that they post, and disappear, in tandem.

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  7. Hondo
    Hondo 12 December, 2012, 08:43

    It is legally impossible to fire a public school teacher who molests children at school because of the union. And the frirfighter, teacher and police unions worked hard to make sure that violent pedophile kept his pension.
    Surfing the net all day and doing no work is in their job description.
    Hondo…..

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  8. Hondo
    Hondo 12 December, 2012, 08:53

    I believe under the current union contract, a public school teacher in Kali can take a gun to work and shoot and kill every child in his class and he ( or she) still gets to keep their pension. Someone prove me wrong.
    I really shouldn’t be giving these teachers any ideas.
    Hondo….

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  9. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 17 December, 2012, 11:06

    Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) said on Fox News Sunday he wished that the principal of the school where the deadly Connecticut shooting occurred had been armed in order to defend against the shooter. Principal Dawn Hochsprung was killed in the attack after trying to stop the gunman, officials said.

    “I wish to god she had an M4 in her office locked up, so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out, she takes him out,” Gohmert said.

    I thought you right-wing morons wanted the teachers and principals to be armed. I thought that was your solution to Sandy Hook Elementary. Make up your minds.

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