November 6, 2014
NYC Worker Suspended For Using ‘Robotic Voice’
New York (AP) If some workplace problems happen because employees are only human, one New York City government worker got in trouble for virtually the opposite.
He was suspended for 20 days without pay partly for answering an information-technology help line “in a robotic voice.” The city Civil Service Commission upheld the suspension this month.
An administrative law judge’s report says the Health Department worker told callers “you have reached the help desk” in an over-enunciated monotone. Callers complained and one even hung up, later saying she needed “to speak to a human.”
The worker said at a hearing he was following a call-answering script and articulating carefully because his Brooklyn accent can be difficult to understand.
The judge called him a “disgruntled employee” acting out.
His lawyer called the suspension “exceedingly harsh.”
Company Denies Man Lost
Job Over Playgirl Spread
Hartford, CT (AP) A company that helps businesses handle personnel issues denies it forced one if its Connecticut employees out of his job after it was discovered he’d posed nude in Playgirl magazine.
Durham resident Daniel Sawka filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last year against Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Inc. alleging sexual harassment. The company responded Monday.
Sawka worked as a sales manager. He says he was subjected to jokes and ridicule at work after at least one co-worker discovered he’d posed nude in the 1990s in a lumberjack-themed spread for Playgirl and found the photos online.
He says the conditions became so intolerable he was forced to leave the job in 2011.
He’s seeking damages for lost pay.
The company says in its response it “exercised reasonable care to prevent and correct promptly any alleged harassing behavior.”
Laa-Laa Would Never, Ever,
Commit A Crime!
Urbana, Md. (AP) Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck’s door burst open.
Maryland State Police say a lock on the truck seems to have malfunctioned, causing the door to open Friday morning.
A bag of cash fell onto Interstate 270 near Urbana and the bills flew in the air.
Police say a number of drivers stopped on the interstate and grabbed what cash they could before a fire department vehicle arrived and turned on its emergency lights.
Responding troopers were able to help the truck’s driver recover about $200. It’s not known how much cash was lost.
Police urge the drivers who took the cash to return it to the state police barracks in Frederick, or else face charges of theft if they’re found.
Note To Burglars: Never Go
Where You Burgle (Read On)
Albuquerque, NM (AP) Police in Albuquerque say a man suspected of a $250,000 heist should have flushed the evidence he left behind.
KOAT-TV reports investigators tied Ramon Herrera to the September burglary using DNA left on a toilet.
Police say the 33-year-old relieved himself while taking $250,000 worth of jewelry from a home while the owners were on vacation, but he didn’t flush.
Police say Herrera also took a Coke from the fridge, drank it and left the can along with his DNA.
Investigators say DNA from the can and toilet was matched to Herrera. He was recently arrested and booked into the Bernalillo County jail.
Herrera has pleaded not guilty to charges of residential burglary and larceny over $20,000.
It’s not known if he has an attorney who could be reached for comment.
Teletubby Break-In Suspect Faces Charges
Bethlehem, PA (AP) A student accused of breaking into a friend’s Pennsylvania home while wearing a yellow Teletubby costume and stealing leftover food is facing charges.
Police say the Lehigh University student was dressed as the Laa-Laa character from the BBC children’s series when he damaged a door early Sunday in Bethlehem. They say he went into the friend’s refrigerator and dumped Chinese food into a “man purse” before leaving.
No charges were filed initially. But police Chief Mark DiLuzio tells Easton’s The Express-Times newspaper the home’s occupants apparently changed their minds after the landlord became involved.
DiLuzio says a disorderly conduct and criminal mischief summons will be sent to the 20-year-old suspect and the unusual nature of the case isn’t lost on him.
He says: “Not that many Teletubbies get arrested. You can’t make it up.”
Hall Of Fame For Mustaches?
Nominate Your Choice Today!
St. Louis (AP) There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock ‘n’ roll, so why shouldn’t those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards?
The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute says it will unveil its inaugural class for the International Mustache Hall of Fame on Feb. 11 the birthday of Burt Reynolds.
The Mustache Hall of Fame will be a virtual-only effort initially, but AMI says it is searching for a physical location. Nominations for the inaugural class are being accepted through Nov. 30 at MustacheHall.com.