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Scientist uses obituary to confess to fake PhD



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Here’s another reason why HR professionals need to be vigilant while recruiting: fake resumes.

Imagine the shock of Val Patterson’s colleagues and bosses when he confessed via his own obituary – which he penned himself prior his death – that he hadn’t even earned enough credits to graduate from the University of Utah, let alone get a PhD, ABC News reported.

“I really am NOT a PhD. What happened was that the day I went to pay off my college student loan at the U of U, the girl working there put my receipt into the wrong stack, and two weeks later, a PhD diploma came in the mail,” he wrote.

“I didn’t even graduate, I only had about 3 years of college credit. In fact, I never did even learn what the letters “PhD” even stood for.

“For all the electronic engineers I have worked with, I’m sorry, but you have to admit my designs always worked very well, and were well engineered, and I always made you laugh at work.”

Patterson said he lived by the philosophy of “anything for a laugh” and tried to have the last one with his obituary which he wrote himself before he died on July 10 from throat cancer.

He also confessed to a theft in the letter and took the opportunity to apologise to his wife.

Watch the full video here.

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Uncover and learn about complex HR innovation tools and strategies at Accelerate HR from Thailand's largest employers including Agoda, DKSH, Fonterra, FWD, Kasikornbank, Minor Food, Nissan Motor and more.
Happening in Bangkok on 26-27 November, group discounts when you bring your team.

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