Ever wished that you could pay someone else to do your job? One US worker thought he had come up with the perfect plan. He was the top performing software developer on his team and never had to do a day’s work. Paying his Chinese counterpart a fraction of his six-figure salary, ‘Bob’ could spend his work days surfing the net.
On further investigation, Verizon discovered a shameful web browsing history and pdf invoices (saved to his desktop!) from the Chinese consulting firm that was doing his work for him.
The developer reportedly spent a typical work day browsing Reddit (approximately two hours), shopping on eBay (approximately one hour), and updating his Facebook and LinkedIn accounts (around two and a half hours). What’s more, the company also uncovered his favourite past-time of all: watching cat videos on YouTube.
Despite this abysmal lack of productivity, Bob had apparently received excellent performance reviews in the past few years, but thanks to the work of his Chinese counterpart. He was considered to be an expert in various computer languages, including C, C++, Perl, Java, Ruby, PHP, and Python, and his code was reportedly clean, well-written and on time.
One almost feels sorry for him for being fired.