A man in Spain was fined last week after it was discovered he hadn't shown up to work in 6 years. It wasn't until the deputy mayor tried to give him an award for workplace loyalty that the man's absence was noticed.

Joaquin Garcia, 69, was issued a fine of approximately $30,000 - the maximum that could legally be reclaimed - after proving he had done "absolutely no work" between 2007 and 2010, before retiring in 2011. Officials say Garcia could have actually been skipping work for as long as 14 years.

A legal case was launched against him, and it finally wrapped up last week.

Garcia was responsible for supervising the construction of a water treatment plan, and people involved in the project thought others were responsible - not Garcia - and vice versa. Thus, nothing got done.

Garcia argues he was bullied and given a job with "no actual work" because of his personal political views on socialism.


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