Outsourcing Your Job to China So You Can Watch Cat Videos

#Workplace

Tue, Jan 22nd, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Reportedly a U.S.-based developer working for Verizon simply outsourced all his responsibilities to China, paying them pennies to do his work while he spent all day watching cat videos. I almost feel bad he got caught, and mostly because he got sloppy.

The story goes a little something like this. A developer at a US-based critical infrastructure company, referred to as “Bob,” was caught last year outsourcing his work to China, paying someone else less than one fifth of his six-figure salary to do his job. As a result, Bob had a lot of time on his hands; in fact, during the investigation, his browsing history revealed this was his typical work day:

   9:00 a.m. — Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos.
   11:30 a.m. — Take lunch.
   1:00 p.m. — Ebay time.
   2:00 — ish p.m Facebook updates — LinkedIn.
   4:30 p.m. — End of day update e-mail to management.
   5:00 p.m. — Go home.

Again, I want to emphasize that I haven’t invented this schedule for the sake of making this story more interesting or to have a snazzy headline. This comes straight from Verizon; take that as you will.

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