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Top 5 terrible employees in the news this week

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Everyone has days where they wish they had better, nicer, harder working, less annoying employees. For once, you’d like them to keep their deadlines, stop complaining, and just do their job.

But the next time you feel like firing that guy in IT who keeps eating other people’s food, take a moment to consider that it could always be worse, and be grateful that none of your employees have ever done this:

1. Murdered a co-worker

A 20-year-old employee at Mazda Motor Crop. in Japan was arrested last weekend for allegedly killing a colleague, the Japan Times reports. The employee is suspected of beating his 19-year-old colleague to death in a company dormitory in Hiroshima.

After killing his colleague, he reportedly went on to steal ¥1.2 million (HK$92,354) in cash from the victim as well as his phone, before returning to the office for his next shift.

The employee admitted to the charge, explaining his behaviour by saying he had become angry with the victim.

2. Sold confidential customer data

A former Verizon Wireless technician has been accused of obtaining private customer phone records and selling them to a third party during a five-year period. Phys.org reports that Daniel Eugene Traeger obtained customers’ private call records as well as data showing where customers’ phones were, and sold the information to an unnamed private investigator.

“Between April 2009 and January 2014, the defendant was paid more than US$10,000 (HK$77,544) in exchange for his provision of confidential customer information and cellular location data to the PI, an unauthorized third party,” Phys.org quoted court records.

Traeger pleaded guilty to a count of unauthorised access to a protected computer and faces up to five years in prison.

3. Stole A$2.1 million

A former office manager of an Australian law firm supplemented her income by stealing A$2.1 million (HK$12.5 million) from her employer. Between 2007 and 2015, the 48-year-old employee Maria Gloria Camarda stole the money from two trust accounts that her role allowed her access to.

The news emerged after Camarda pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing as a servant, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, Australasian Lawyer reports.

Commenting on the story to Perth Now, Detective Senior Seargeant Steve Potter said Camarda was basically just paying herself extra wages. “Obviously she had been working there a while and they had trusted her and at some stage she decided it was too easy [to defraud them]”, he told the news publication.

He also warned employers to keep an eye on staff members whose roles could give them opportunity to behave fraudulently. “You’ve just got to be careful if one person alone is doing these things, there needs to be someone checking the checker,” he said.

4. Fabricated a job offer

39-year-old New Zealand man Shanon John Clarke tried to trick the government into giving him a A$3,000 (HK$17,855) grant by fabricating a job offer. He admitted to two counts of using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage in court earlier this week.

The so-called $3k to Christchurch grant is available to job seekers as a one-off incentive to relocate to the country’s Christchurch area to take up full-time employment, since the area’s labour demand is higher than the local supply. Job seekers who wish to apply for the grant must have a confirmed full-time job offer and be ready and willing to move there.

Since Clarke did not have a job offer, but did fancy receiving A$3,000, he decided to make one up, New Zealand news website Stuff reports. He created a fake plastering company, offered himself a job, and sent a copy of the non-existent offer to the government as proof. After checks revealed the company did not exist, his application was denied.

One week later, Clarke applied again, claiming to have a job offer from a construction company.  This time the offer appeared real and he was awarded the grant. Later, authorities discovered that he never showed up for work, nor did he ever move to Christchurch.

5. Cursed at a colleague, on camera.

Kimberly Halkett of Al Jazeera English became an overnight viral sensation after she was caught on camera cursing at a fellow reporter during the first US presidential debate. In the middle of a scuffle around American businessman Mark Cuban, both Halkett and the woman behind her were pushed aside by his security guards, denying Halkett the opportunity to ask him any questions.

Feeling wronged by the unidentified woman, Halkett turned around and told her: “Thanks a lot, b*tch!”

Considering the amount of publicity the outburst has generated, we’re not sure whether this classifies Halkett as a terrible employee, or excellent marketing material for Al Jazeera. It does, however, make her come across as someone with fairly terrible manners.

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