Man Finally Busted for Playing Hooky Like It’s His Job

It took 24 years for an Indian government department to realize one of their employees had never returned from his vacation.


Twenty-four years after going on vacation and never returning, Shri A.K. Verma has been let go from his government job. After working at India's Central Public Works Department from 1980 to 1990, the executive engineer went on earned leave. He then requested an extension which was not granted. After that there was "an inquiry." The inquiry was delayed and 22 years later the CPWD realized that this master of hooky hadn't been heard from in almost a quarter of a century so they “promptly” fired him.

Verma's story has been delighting people who bask in the joys of taking the long way to the water cooler and under-the-desk naps since it broke last week, with legions of commenters deeming him both a hero and prime representation of what's wrong with Indian bureaucracy.

India's labor laws are notoriously restrictive, and firing employees for anything less than criminal behavior requires wading through a lot of red tape. As a result, rampant absenteeism is a huge problem for the government, one which they are trying to curb with hiring/firing reform and a new system of monitoring attendance by way of fingerprint scanning for New Delhi employees.


Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

Auschwitz was the deadliest of Nazi Germany's 20 concentration camps. From 1940 to 1945 of the 1.3 million prisoners sent to Auschwitz, 1.1 million died. That figure includes 960,000 Jews, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up to 15,000 other Europeans.

The vast majority of the inmates were murdered in the gas chambers while others died of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and executions.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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