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Old 10-21-2014, 05:34 PM
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An Italian miner was permitted to be off sick for 35 years after claiming he was claustrophobic.
Coal miner Carlo Cani started work in 1980 and retired early, drawing a pension despite hardly ever putting in a day's work over a 35-year career.
The case is just the latest example of how thousands of state workers in Italy find loopholes in the rules to duck out of their job.



Mr Cani admits he took an immediate dislike to mining and began doing everything he could to avoid venturing down the mine shaft in Sardinia where he was employed.
The 60-year-old managed to take years of sick leave, apparently with the help of accommodating doctors.
Over the years he faked amnesia and haemorrhoids, rubbed coal dust into his eyes to feign an infection and on occasion staggered around pretending to be drunk.
He was able to stay at home listening to jazz. He was also granted extended time off on reduced pay when demand for coal from the mine dipped.
But despite years sat on the sofa, he was still officially an employee of the mining company, and entitled to a pension.


Mr Cani acknowledges: 'I reached the pensionable age without hardly ever working. I hated being underground.
He explained: 'Right from the start, I had no affinity for coal.'
'I invented everything – amnesia, pains, haemorrhoids, I used to lurch around as if I was drunk. I bumped my thumb on a wall and obviously you can't work with a swollen thumb,' Mr Cani told La Stampa.
'Other times I would rub coal dust into my eyes. I just didn't like the work – being a miner was not the job for me.'


He eventually retired on a pension in 2006.
The former worker's laziness have caused indignation in a country in which youth unemployment is close to 50 per cent.
In August, in a similar case, it emerged that a Sicilian doctor has done just 15 days work in nine years.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:06 PM
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I personally know a guy that was a train engineer that got so fat he couldn't fit between the drivers seat at the train controls. He filed some kind of claim with the union and was given his full salary until the railroad modified the train to accommodate a man of his size. Well that was probably 15 years ago and as far as I know he still doesn't work and collects his full salary as a train engineer. He weighs over 500lbs so I doubt if he will live to retirement age.

Only in America can a guy get paid because he is to fat to fit in a train!
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Sounds about like the direction our country is headed.
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Sounds about like the direction our country is headed.
are you kidding? They're learning this sh*t from US.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
He eventually retired on a pension in 2006.
The former worker's laziness have caused indignation in a country in which youth unemployment is close to 50 per cent.
In August, in a similar case, it emerged that a Sicilian doctor has done just 15 days work in nine years.
What does "unemployment" mean in a country where you can have a job for 35 years, but never actually work? Is it just a matter of who signs your welfare check?
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"He was able to stay at home listening to jazz."

I'd rather be a miner.
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If any of you want to really ruin your day...just look up the number of folks on full disability in states that lean wayyyyyyy left like NJ. Gee, I wonder why there all broke!
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If any of you want to really ruin your day...just look up the number of folks on full disability in states that lean wayyyyyyy left like NJ. Gee, I wonder why there all broke!
not so much the number of folks, but I've read disability reports where the department all but ignores the doctor reports and awards disability due to the patient's "subjective complaints". How's $1400 a month from the neck musculature pain because you're out of shape?

Tip of the iceberg, my friend. Tip of the iceberg. Easier to pay them (with taxpayer money) than it is to deny the claim and argue with a lawyer only to pay them later.
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Lots of folks around here out fishing on a Wednesday. On disability. Lots of trout being caught.
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I'm sure there is some loss in the translation. but this was common practice 12 years ago when I lived there. you would get a job then get injured on the job, collect walfare for the rest of you life while you worked for the mob.
they use to complain about paying 35% in taxes, well now we pay 35% and they are over 50%.
so yes we learn from them, only a matter of time before people here realize they can get SS for being certified disabled by some quack doctor.
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