Company Doesn’t Notice This Employee With A Clipboard Hasn’t Done Any Work In 10 Years

When the government shut down over the border wall, it was the public service workers that got hit hard. Essential workers were told they must continue to come to work while “non-essential” workers, were told to stay home on furlough or temporary unpaid leave. Being called a “non-essential” worker when you are an integral cog in the machine of society was a slap in the face to many, but for some workers, this term is more than accurate.

Someone on Quora asked the question “Have you ever had a job where you did nothing for years and nobody found out?” and while many users responded but one answer stood out
And user Shayne Wyatt responded with this ludicrous but true story about his former co-worker Bob:

“I once worked at a steel company and there used to be this guy with a clipboard and pen,

who would continually be in the stock area checking labels, boxes, pallets, shipping packages. His name was Bob and everyone liked him, he was personable, was into sports, just an all round nice guy who got along with everyone staff, managers, bosses, everyone. Bob had been with the company all of 15 years by then, and you have to understand, this was a large steel mill with a couple thousand people working throughout the three mills on the same property. Anyway, at a managers meeting a decision was made to have an employee look after a certain area of finished nails, screws, nuts and bolts. They were scratching their head about who had the brains to handle it. One of the managers said, “Why not Bob?”

Everyone knew right away who he was referring to and they all agreed he would probably be the best man for the job

The next question out of the manager’s mouth was “Okay, which one of you guys does he work for?” And no one said a word, but looked around the table at the other managers. “C’mon, he’s gotta work for someone here.” The manager said, and still there was no answer. Someone piped up, “Maybe he works for one of the office managers.”

Long story short Bob worked at the plant for over 15 years, collecting a paycheck each and every week

For the first five years he worked in a department that became obsolete and so people were moved around to other areas of the mill, except for Bob. He got lost in the shuffle and found himself floating here and there without supervision or anyone ever paying attention to him. He waited to see if he would still get a paycheck and when that happened he thought at the time, “Well, I wonder how long I can get away with this before someone notices?” How about 10 years folks of weekly paychecks coming in without ever having had to work a day in his life.

When this came out it was the talk of the whole operations and even reached the president of the company

who could only laugh at the whole situation. Nonetheless Bob was let go, but HR told them they had to offer him a good severance package because he was an employee after all for the full 15 years he was there, and it was not his fault he had nothing to do. Management should have caught it in the beginning. I’m 75 now and this happened when I was still a young man, and had pretty much forgotten about it all until I read the question and I could not hold back a big silly grin about a wonderfully silly memory of Bob.
Thanks for the memory.”

Other people in the thread had different but equally bizarre stories

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  1. These stories are amazing, but they are nothing in comparison to congress and senate members.

  2. Hey! Those politicians work HARD! The only scam is just that they are working for their own benefit, not their constituents.

  3. Company had a large retail store. many cleaners and floor workers.One worker kept the furniture department clean, dusting and polishing the displays. Did an excellent job. Of course when a customer bought an item the worker would wrap and carry it to the car for the customer. Especially carpets, roll them up and help the customer to put them in their car. He was such a good worker that the floor manager went to personnel to get Mike a raise.
    "Mike who?"
    "The new guy you sent down at the beginning of last month."
    "We have had a hiring freeze since Feb no new hires for 3 months."
    Manager called Mike in to discuss how and who told him to come and work for Furniture Dept.
    Mike said he just needed to wash his hands and was never seen again.
    Quick inventory count.
    The guy had made off with thousands of dollars of goods by just picking them up and following a customer out of the store to his mate in the parking area.
    Security did not worry as he was a store worker in uniform helping a customer so of course it was on the up and up.


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