A lot of people claim to be THE MAN or THE WOMAN, but only Joaquin delivers on that promise.
Because Joaquin Garcia didn’t show up for work for six years and still got paid.
Because no one noticed.
He wasn’t sick or recuperating or out of the country or building homes for Habitat or working on a cure for American politics, or creating new recipes we can all enjoy.
Nope, he did none of those things. He just showed up for work one day, realized there was nothing to do in his private office, which was to supervise the construction of water treatment plants in Cadiz, Spain, and never went back again.
For. Six. Years.
The only reason he got caught is that the Deputy Major wanted to give him a plaque for 20 years of loyal service but couldn’t find him anywhere.
His penalty? The most the Spanish government can do, by law, is fine him 30,000 dollars, which he’s fighting because he claims he didn’t do anything wrong. Imagine the pineapples on this guy. He collected a salary of 42,000 for six years and refuses to pay back a fraction of it. Then again he didn’t show up for work for six years so his attitude shouldn’t surprise anyone.
What did Joaquin do during those six years he was supposed to be working? Well, friends say he dedicated himself to reading books about philosophy.
Yeah, I know. But that’s a whole different post.
Funny thing is, after reading about this, I realized I’ve worked with too many people in my life who did nothing and still collected a salary. But they had to at least show up for work.
That’s why, philosophically speaking, Joaquin Garcia will always remain, THE MAN.