Believe me, we've all had days where we would like to call into the office, come up with some silly excuse, and take the day to do what we really want. But we saddle up and hit the hay, day after day.
Some of us are less than honest though, and a few of them are able to get away with it in the most extraordinary of circumstances, but it always comes back to haunt them.
So maybe it was karma that got Tom Colella in the end, when he was fired from his position as a senior union delegate when it came to light that he had been skipping work to play golf. And quite a bit of it at that.
An anonymous tip was sent to his employers that Colella had gone off to play golf instead of going to work no less than 140 times over the course of a two year period.
That's right, over 1 quarter of his work year was spent playing 18 holes. And thanks to a bag of potato chips, he nearly got away with it too.
All employees at his company were required to use a personal display assistant (PDA) that was supposed to be able to track his location when he was on the job. However, Colella found a way around this problem.
He discovered that placing his PDA in a potato chip bag would mask the signal using the foil from the packaging.
At first Colella tried to say that his device had a glitch, but a tribune that reviewed his case said they could see no reason for keeping it concealed in the foil, aside from playing hooky from work.
Colella lost his job, which means he now has a ton of time to spend on the course!