City workers goofing off on the job

March 30, 2011

For years my contention has been that employees who are not supervised are more likely to "cheat" the system than not. To speak of the "honor code" among American workers is to speak in the past tense. Without immediate supervision, given the opportunity to pull up their shirt sleeves or opt for the sofa, most Americans would opt for the sofa.

So I was not surprised in the least to hear of the arrests of 13 city employees found goofing off on the job ("13 workers caught gambling," March 27). I suppose that Mayor Rawlings-Blake would be rather shocked if she learned how many slackers there are on the city payroll. It's just that this group was caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar. But the problem is not peculiar to Baltimore City.

Until our country's collective workforce turns this embarrassing trend around, we will continue our negative perception by other nations as lazy slugs, devoid of initiative or drive.

Our nation's forefathers must be doing flips in their graves. This behavior was not illustrated in the original template.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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