Calling Off From Work? Stick to PTO

… because faking a crime may cost you more than a day off of work …

Mario Kidnapping

…like a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

That’s how much a misdemeanor can cost you if found guilty. And for one Florida woman, Beverly Brooks, that’s the steep price faced for having that day off of work.

The afternoons can be rough on a full day shift; the long morning is behind you, but punching out for the day can’t seem to come soon enough. Taking paid time off (PTO) isn’t always an option, especially when you’ve already been seen healthy at work. But when the afternoon ahead looked too much for Ms. Brooks, her [not so smart] solution was to fake her own kidnapping.

Brooks, a certified nursing assistant, took off for break. When she didn’t return, a concerned co-worker called to see if she was all right or needed a ride back. That’s when Brooks claimed her boyfriend, James Vincent Hill Fennell Jr., was holding her against her will.

Under federal and most states’ law, kidnapping is generally defined as ‘the taking of a person from one place to another against his or her will’, or ‘the confining of a person to a controlled space’. The federal criminal code (18 U.S.C. § 1201) makes this a felony offense – carrying with it a possible prison sentences of 20+ years.

Luckily for this duo, the only charge was for “false report of commission of a crime” – a misdemeanor punishable only by 1 year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

So why did she do it? She “simply did not want to go back to work“,

Steep price to pay for those few extra hours off from work. Then again, at least she didn’t work herself to death (seriously, this happened).


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