The weird workplace

You mean those profiles aren't real?; GM exec unfriends Facebook; Her fingerprints were all over this; Train driver: A dream job?; Parents sure children for financial and emotional support
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2013

Her fingerprints were all over this

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A worker at a Rite Aid drug store has been charged with embezzlement after she stole nearly US$6,000 from the Virginia State Lottery, according to WTKR television. It wasn’t hard to track down who stole the money — workers are required to use their fingerprints to access the lottery machine and the cash inside. "We work a lot of different cases. Some are much more difficult than others," said Adam Bernstein of the Virginia Beach Police Department.

You mean those profiles aren’t real?

TORONTO — A former worker for the controversial website Ashley Madison — a dating website for married people looking to have affairs — is suing the company for $20 million, according to the Canadian Press. The reason? She hurt her wrist while typing fake profiles of "sexy women" for the website’s Brazil expansion. Doriana Silva said she was hired to help launch a Portugese-language version of the website at a starting salary of $34,000 plus benefits. She claimed she was asked to create 1,000 fake female profiles in three days to lure men to sign up and pay for access to the site. Silva’s allegations haven’t been proven in court.

GM exec unfriends Facebook

DETROIT — General Motors’ top executive in North America deleted his Facebook account shortly after he responded to a website that wrote dismissively about GM’s shrinking market share in the United States. In response to an article on, Mark Reuss wrote on Facebook: "Our Average Transaction Prices (ATPs) are industry best, and incentive loads in check. No excuses — but NA is disciplined, focused, and executing," according to Reuters. He said GM sells more vehicles with four brands than it did in 2009 with eight brands. A GM spokesperson said the decision to deactivate the account was a personal decision "in no way related to any recent posts."

Train driver: A dream job?

TOKYO — In Canada, young boys dream of growing up and playing in the National Hockey League Players Association. But in Japan, the notion of being a train driver ranks right up there with being a professional athlete or doctor, according to AFP. Subways and the above-ground train systems in Japan’s capital shuttle nearly 26 million people around per day, and workers take great pride in ensuring trains run on time. Delays, even of just one minute, are repeatedly announced to passengers, complete with apologies, until service resumes. Delayed passengers are given cards they can show their bosses to explain their tardiness.

Parents sue children for financial and emotional support

FUSHENG, China — Eldercare issues are nothing new in the workplace, and they’re creating a work-life balance crunch for many employees. But workers who ignore their aging parents could find themselves facing a lawsuit. In China, an elderly woman has sued her children for not taking care of her — a move possible in a number of countries, including India, France and the Ukraine, according to the Associated Press. Canada, and 29 states in the United States, have similar laws — though they are rarely enforced. In China, more than 1,000 parents have sued their children in the last 15 years. Chinese authorities have gone one step further — recently amending the eldercare law requiring children to support their parents emotionally as well as financially.

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