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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sleeping on the job

I have heard of people falling asleep whilst at work and even slumping across a computer keyboard but never with the sort of consequences outlined in this article.

The Independent reports on an employment tribunal in Germany, which determuined that a supervisor should not have been sacked for failing to double check a €222,222,222.22 transaction made when a clerk fell asleep with his finger on a keyboard.

A junior clerk started dozing at his desk with his finger resting on the 'number two' key. He had been attempting a transfer of just €64.20 at the time.

Fortunately for the company, the huge deposit was spotted by a third employee later in the day and corrected before any money was actually transferred.
As some of the people commenting on the article point out - it is surprising that the mistake was not flagged up by the system when validating the input.
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