03. 06. 12. - 18:38
Partying waitress faked sicknote row
Austrian Chamber of Commerce officials say they are planning to help companies crack down on skivers after a scandal in which a waitress registered as sick but then posted pictures of herself partying on Facebook.
The scandal was especially significant because the young woman had managed to provide a sicknote from her local doctor before she went off partying.
According to the Chamber of Commerce the woman from Linz had turned up too late for work and when her boss tried to speak to her about it she told him: "You can get lost – I don't even need to be here because I have got an electrician coming to my house and need to be there anyway to meet him." She then left and then a short while later sent a text saying she was feeling unwell and wouldn't be coming in at all.
A local doctor in Linz provided her with a doctor's note but while she was still sick she visited a dance club in Linz and then posted pictures of herself and her friends on Facebook. She had added comments to the pictures such as "Drank far too much" and "never again".
The business owner who employed her contacted the Chamber of Commerce in Upper Austria that got involved and also demanded an explanation from the doctor – which has so far not been provided because the doctor has also now registered as sick.
Upper Austria Chamber of Commerce president Rudolf Trauner said: "This is a classic abuse of an employer and it should not be tolerated."
He estimated that there were quarter of a million days work lost to fake doctors notes every year in Austria, which he said was an abuse of the employer and an abuse of the people who want to have a proper job.