Former New York mayor Rudi Giuliani was famous for his tough stance on crime. His replacement, Michael Bloomberg, appears to be taking this zero-tolerance further – into the workplace.
There are reports that Bloomberg told a lackey to fire an employee after he spotted him playing solitaire on his work computer.
In a very bad career move, Edward Greenwood IX stopped the mayor in the city’s legislative office in Albany to have his picture taken with him.
It was then that Bloomberg noticed this dastardly criminal was in the middle of the game on his computer, according to the Associated Press.
This led to Greenwood getting his marching orders for breaching a policy on computer usage.
“The workplace is not an appropriate place for games,” Bloomberg said. “It’s a place where you’ve got to do the job that you’re getting paid for.”
“I expect all city workers, including myself, to work hard,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with taking a break, but during the business day, at your desk, that’s not appropriate behaviour.”
Guru reckons Greenwood got off lightly. In this era of US paranoia, imagine what would have happened if he had been playing mine sweeper? If solitaire can get you fired then a game about explosive devices would probably have you dragged from the premises and swiftly relocated to Cuba.