You think you are lazy? Just wait till you read about some of the cases known for laziness to a whole new level. Bill Gates once said that he likes giving hard work to lazy people because they’ll find ways to make it easy. Well, here are 8 interesting instances that crossed the heights of laziness.
Howard Dean was the food services director at the Department of Correctional Services in New York. He decided that 2 days off during the weekend weren’t enough for him so he took Friday off every week for almost 17 years! He showed the government that he was working a full week and somehow managed to avoid getting caught for all these years and only got caught after his retirement.
Emmalee Bauer was a secretary at Sheraton Hotels in Elkhart, Iowa but she didn’t enjoy her job. To avoid raising suspicion that she wasn’t working she decided to write in a laziness journal on her computer. Everybody thought she was hard at work while she was writing in a document that eventually became a 300 page book called the Laziness Journal.
The employees of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture were so bored at work that they started editing Wikipedia entries. From 2003 to 2007 they edited more than 400 pages on Wikipedia. Most of these pages being about an animated cartoon series called Gundam which is about giant robots. One particular employee contributed 260 times to the Japanese language Wikipedia.
Joseph Winstead was a mailman who was so lazy that he pretended to be on jury duty for a whole year. He got called for jury duty and realized that he was getting paid full pay even on the days when the jury didn’t meet. Once his duty was over he continued to tell his employees that he was still on jury duty and stayed at home to enjoy a fully paid holiday. His stint only ended when he got called for another jury duty and tried to repeat the scam the next year.
Louis Marciano and Gary Pivoda worked for Office of General Services and were supposed to provide on site maintenance in the Empire State Plaza garage but their job description wasn’t clear enough for them so instead they turned a small room in the garage into a man cave and enjoyed 6 years of hanging out there every day playing board games, watching TV and smoking grass. They were caught when they tried to run a marijuana distribution business out of their cave.
Ray Brent Marsh was facing a conundrum when his cremation oven got broken. He procrastinated getting it fixed for too long and meanwhile the people in Noble kept dying and he had to cremate them somehow so he decided to just dump the bodies into the backyard of the cemetery. Later he found that it was much easier to do this than to get the oven fixed so he carried on for 5 years, giving concrete dust in urns to the family members.
Mariem Maegalla was a CSI agent but she didn’t feel glamorous and sexy like those on TV. Instead she felt lazy and bored at work. She was so careless about the crime scene investigations that she would tamper with the evidence just because it was easier. Like she once marked a crack pipe as positive for drugs even though it was negative just because she would have to go all the way to the other end of the building and fill paperwork for further tests.
If these everyday people aren’t enough to inspire you into laziness then what about the Greeks. The ancient Greeks believed that their gods lived on top of Mount Olympus. It is the highest mountain in Greece but not that high at only 2917 meters. But the ancient Greeks never thought of climbing and meeting their gods! That’s the height of laziness!