Mayor Fines Self For Email Misuse

from the setting-an-example dept

A few months ago in New York City, there was some controversy over Mayor Bloomberg's decision to have an employee fired for playing solitaire on a city computer, leading some to wonder if Bloomberg never once took care of personal business on city time. However, the mayor of Newark, Ohio, apparently did -- but recognized the error of his own ways and fined himself $368 for sending personal emails from work. Of course, the problem here was most likely not the fact that the emails were personal, but the nature of the emails: asking people to get involved with his son's business. In other words, rather than just freaking out about any personal business being done during work hours, the focus was (as it should be) on the nature of the personal use, and whether it interfered with legitimate work.
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    Leo, 19 Jun 2006 @ 4:32pm

    Mayor Fines Self for Email Misuse

    if i were to catch myself using an email for personal use while at work, and then tell my boss that i was going to fine myself, he/she would take away that assumed 'option' by simply firing me instead. i would have no say-so in the matter whatsoever. am i the ONLY person to notice that the mayor has conveniently and automatically granted himself that 'option' without consulting anyone else about it? that is not fair. he is only fooling the fools. he certainly isn't 'honest John'. if he truly meant to be fair about it, he would have asked someone else, a 'judge' over him, to levy the fine and/or sentence instead!

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