People Keep Faking Deaths to Get Out of WorkPosted by Christian
Some people will really do anything to get a few more days off of work.
Back in December Scott Bennett, 45, submitted a false obituary for his still-very-much-alive mother to the Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper in Brookville, PA. The unsourced obit made it through editorial thanks to a tight deadline and the fact that the editor couldn’t verify any of the funeral arrangements by press time, accepting the notice on good faith.
Police Chief Ken Dworek said that Bennett, who was later charged with disorderly conduct when his shocked and confused mother actually showed up to the paper’s offices to contest the obituary, wrote up the memorial notice so that he could get paid bereavement time off work without getting in trouble.
And then there’s Joan Barnett.
The New York City school employee wanted an excuse to take an extended 2 and a half week vacation to Costa Rica. So what did she do? She told school officials that her daughter had died on the island. When Costa Rican officials pointed out that the supposed 2010 death certificate was actually dated 2005 and that they had no official record of Barnett’s daughter’s death the school fired Barnett and she plead guilty to misdemeanor charges.
(Source: KWTX, Yahoo News)