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To avoid work, a Swedish tax official called his own phone number for hours.
Instead of taking calls from customers, the 28-year-old called himself on his mobile phone.
This emerges from a disciplinary report by the Swedish tax authorities, as reported by the AFP news agency.
Between March 10 and May 5, the man called his own connection 32 times.
This made him appear "busy" in his employer's system and all calls were forwarded to other employees.
He was able to kill a total of 55 working hours, which corresponds to seven working days.
"Some of these calls lasted for hours," the report said.
The man is now threatened with dismissal.
The misconduct was apparently not immediately noticed because he had been working in the home office since January 2021.
It wasn't until April that one of his superiors noticed that the man was making unusually long phone calls compared to other tax officials.
When asked, the man finally admitted that he had not worked during these calls.
Apparently he was not particularly remorseful: An internal investigation showed that even after the admission he made four more calls to his own cell phone number.
When he was summoned again in May, the man defended himself by stating that his work motivation was "extremely low".
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