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Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 12:59:59 -0400
From: Soft at Work
Subject: BLAGUES-L: Working too hard? Read this.

Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 10:25:27 -0400
From: Helene Jutras
From: Peter Ruffolo


Bosses of a publishing firm are trying to work out why no one noticed
that one of their employees had been sitting dead at his desk for FIVE
DAYS before anyone asked if he was feeling okay.

George Turklebaum, 51, who had been employed as a proof-reader at a New
York firm for 30 years, had a heart attack in the open-plan office he
shared with 23 other workers.

He quietly passed away on Monday, but nobody noticed until Saturday
morning when an office cleaner asked why he was still working during the

His boss Elliot Wachiaski said:

"George was always the first guy in each morning and the last to leave
at night, so no one found it unusual that he was in the same position
all that time and didn't say anything.  He was always absorbed in his
work and kept much to himself."

A post mortem examination revealed that he had been dead for five days
after suffering a coronary.  Ironically, George was proofreading
manuscripts of medical textbooks when he died.

You may want to give your co-workers a nudge occasionally.

And the moral of the story:

"Don't work too hard. Nobody notices anyway."

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