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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    Adam, 19 Jun 2006 @ 10:49pm

    Now I'm really confused...

    Is the opinion really going that he should have just kept his mouth shut? People wonder why we have dishonest politicians, whenever we get one who does something honest, we rip him a new one for it.

    @Anonymous Coward from Post #13:
    Different mayor. Newark, Ohio != New York City. I know that Newark and New York kind of sound the same if you mumble, but they aren't.

    If you showed up at the Police Station to confess to drunken driving, they would be confused, because that would probably be the first time that had happened to them. You wouldn't be arrested for saying it, and you probably wouldn't be arrested even if you said it again after they had read you your rights. They'd call in the boss, who'd thank you for your honesty, and accept your $5 as a slap on the wrist. After all, how the hell are they going to prove this isn't just some prank?

    If you fessed up instead of being caught, you might very well keep your job. As long as you weren't responsible for some debilitating virus or other horrible thing hitting the company, they'd probably keep you, and mark your record as having a near-obsessively guilty conscience. Then they'd keep you on, because it's so hard to find employees that trustworthy.

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