Worker Punished For Taking Three Extra Minutes For Lunch

June 21, 2018

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While many American companies are apologizing for using your personal information without your permission, a Japanese company is issuing a public apology for an employee using an extra three minutes for his lunchbreak! A 64-year-old male staff member at the Kobe City Waterworks Bureau took approximately 78 extra minutes during his lunch breaks over the course of seven months. Such a scandal in Japanese culture that the company took out a TV ad apologizing to the citizens of Kobe for the man wasting time and dock him half a day's pay as punishment. Apparently the man was caught when a senior office worker noticed the man crossing the street to a street vendor when glancing out a window.  After an investigation, it was discovered the man regularly left the office to get lunch elsewhere because the man wanted a "change of pace." 'It's immensely regrettable that such a scandal took place, and we wish to express our sincere apologies,' a company official said in the TV appearance. However there were hundreds of people who took to social media in his defense. The incident has placed the Japanese work culture in the spotlight, where nearly a quarter of Japanese companies have employees working more than 80 hours overtime a month, often unpaid, a recent survey found. And 12% have employees breaking the 100 hours a month mark. Workers are entitled to 20 days leave a year but currently about 35% don't take any of it.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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