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When employees behave badly

Norma Najacht
Published: Thursday, October 10th, 2013

When Jason was gone last week on vacation, the rest of us at the Chronicle office discussed how we could prank him. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come up with anything that would come even close to getting back at him for the pranks he’s played on us over the years. 
It’s not just the stories he changes to see if we are really reading them while proofreading, such as the fist fights he had former Custer School District Board of Education president Mike Tennyson involved in during meetings. 
Or a parenting class at the school in which he added that parents should bring the belts, whips, etc., that they used for discipline along to the class. And then there was the advertisement he put in a couple of weeks ago that anyone who brought in the ad would receive a $100 bill from Charley Najacht. 
Fortunately for him (and for all of us), he is careful to take these additions out right after he prints them for the proofreader to read. Charley keeps telling him that someday he’s going to get caught.
The worst of it is probably when he accesses a computer in another location and emails us, pretending it’s from someone at that location. A couple of years ago, I received an email from a women who expressed surprise that she hadn’t won a contest. “I guarantee it’s because of the hemoroids,” she said. 
And Deb received an email from the same woman, who said, “I find myself strangely attracted to you.”
When Carrie was gone three weeks ago on vacation, she got the flu and missed a couple of days of work. I received an email from her computer and, assuming that she had accessed her emails from home, I asked how she was feeling and told her we all missed her at work.

When Jason was gone last week on vacation, the rest of us at the Chronicle office discussed how we could prank him. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come up with anything that would come even close to getting back at him for the pranks he’s played on us over the years. 

It’s not just the stories he changes to see if we are really reading them while proofreading, such as the fist fights he had former Custer School District Board of Education president Mike Tennyson involved in during meetings. 

Or a parenting class at the school in which he added that parents should bring the belts, whips, etc., that they used for discipline along to the class. And then there was the advertisement he put in a couple of weeks ago that anyone who brought in the ad would receive a $100 bill from Charley Najacht. 

Fortunately for him (and for all of us), he is careful to take these additions out right after he prints them for the proofreader to read. Charley keeps telling him that someday he’s going to get caught.

The worst of it is probably when he accesses a computer in another location and emails us, pretending it’s from someone at that location. A couple of years ago, I received an email from a women who expressed surprise that she hadn’t won a contest. “I guarantee it’s because of the hemoroids,” she said. 

And Deb received an email from the same woman, who said, “I find myself strangely attracted to you.”

When Carrie was gone three weeks ago on vacation, she got the flu and missed a couple of days of work. I received an email from her computer and, assuming that she had accessed her emails from home, I asked how she was feeling and told her we all missed her at work.

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