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01-20-07, 09:08 PM #1
Iowa woman fired for journaling at work
Sat Jan 20, 7:36 AM ET
An administrative judge has denied unemployment benefits to a woman who was fired from her job for keeping a journal detailing her efforts to avoid work.
Emmalee Bauer, 25, of Elkhart, was employed by the Sheraton hotel company as a sales coordinator in Des Moines. While on the job, she kept a handwritten journal. A supervisor told her to stop writing on company time, but instead, Bauer wrote her journal, all 300 single-spaced pages, on her work computer.
In the journal, portions of which were introduced during a recent hearing regarding Bauer's request for unemployment, Bauer describes her efforts to avoid work.
"This typing thing seems to be doing the trick," she wrote. "It just looks like I am hard at work on something very important."
Bauer also wrote: "I am only here for the money and, lately, for the printer access. I haven't really accomplished anything in a long while ... and I am still getting paid more than I ever have at a job before, with less to do than I have ever had before. It's actually quite nice when I think of it that way. I can shop online, play games and read message boards and still get paid for it."
In her journal she speculated it could someday be published.
Bauer was fired for misuse of company time after a supervisor discovered the journal late last year.
Administrative Law Judge Susan Ackerman denied Bauer's request for unemployment last week, saying she the journal demonstrated a refusal to work, as well as Bauer's "amusement at getting away with it."
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01-21-07, 12:25 AM #2We are the thin blue line
and all the money in the world.
And no you can't have any.
01-21-07, 08:05 AM #3Banned
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she kept a handwritten journal. A supervisor told her to stop writing on company time, but instead, Bauer wrote her journal, all 300 single-spaced pages, on her work computer.
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Fire her, then fire the reporter.
01-21-07, 08:15 AM #4
She was handwriting it when a supervisor caught her and told her to stop. Instead of stopping, she instead typed it up on the computer."If anything worthwhile comes of this tragedy, it should be the realization by every citizen that often the only thing that stands between them and losing everything they hold dear... is the man wearing a badge." -- Ronald Reagan, in the wake of the deaths of 4 CHP troopers in the Newhall Incident, 1970
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01-21-07, 08:37 AM #5Banned
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You're right. I misread and the reporter kept using the vernacular "writing". I still want both fired, out of a canon, if one is available.
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