Man robs own house to avoid work

Dwayne YeagerDwayne Yeager, a 31-year-old factory worker from Brandon in Florida, rang his employer to say he couldn't come into work - because his home had been burgled and he was waiting in for police. However, when the police looked at CCTV footage, they discovered that Yeager had broken into his own home.

All to avoid having to go to work.


According to a report in the Daily Mail, Yeager hadn't wanted to go into work, but his wife had insisted, so he decided to fake a burglary in order to get out of his shift.

Bay News 9 reported that he ransacked his home, then opened his son's bedroom window and called police to report a break-in. He said: "My door's open, my windows to my son's bedroom are wide open. My TV's in there on the ground." When asked whether he had seen anyone drive away he said: "On the corner, right when I pulled up, a white, kind of little Honda Civic pulling away. White, it had kind of like a black fender."

Police talked to the neighbours, who had seen him open his son's window and the front door just before calling them, and reported that no car had driven away. Then they saw CCTV footage confirming that Yeager was the intruder. He eventually admitted that he'd done it himself to avoid going to work, and was arrested for making a false police report.

Extreme sickies

As excuses go, it's fairly extreme, but he's not alone in going to extraordinary lengths to avoid work.
Last December, John C Beale, one of the highest-paid civil servants in the US, pleaded guilty to cheating the government out of $1 million, over a decade. He had disappeared from work for long periods - up to 18 months at a time - claiming that he had been working for the CIA at headquarters or in Pakistan. All the time he had been at home. He was made to pay back $1.3 million and sentenced to 32 months in jail.

In August last year a woman in Tokyo tied herself up in her apartment to avoid having to go to work. Her landlord called police after finding her unconscious and tied up, but after police pointed out that there were no signs of forced entry to the flat, she admitted she was just trying to avoid work.

And in January 2010 a Manhattan school employee was so keen to extend her spring break in Costa Rica that she got one of her daughters to ring the school and say that another daughter had died on holiday, so she needed to stay for the funeral. She then faxed a forged death certificate to the school as proof. However, the death certificate featured differing fonts that weren't aligned properly, so the school reported the fraud. She lost her job and pleaded guilty to the fraud.

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