Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gotta Love Beaurucrats

Social Services Accounting Clerk Wants Pay for Lunch Missed During Binghamton Massacre

A social services accounting clerk wants compensation for missing his lunch break on April 3 during a horrific upstate New York immigration center massacre that left 13 dead plus the gunman.

James Kauchis, a government employee of the Broome County Department of Social Services, confirmed that he filed a formal complaint last week seeking the pay, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

But he wouldn't discuss it with the newspaper.

"That's a matter between me, the administration and the union," Kauchis said.

The disgruntled accounting clerk was in his office in a nearby building when 41-year-old Jiverly Wong walked into the American Civic Association in Binghamton and opened fire with two handguns, killing 13 people and wounding four others before committing suicide.

The Department of Social Services was on lockdown for four hours to protect the 370 workers in the building, Michael Klein, director of the county's personnel department, told the paper.

Klein confirmed that Kauchis made the complaint seeking lunch-break pay.

Government officials expressed embarrassment and disappointment over the filing.

"A lot of people lost a lot more that day than just one hour," said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala, adding that "99.9 percent of county employees stepped up to the plate."

Klein reportedly denied Kauchis' complaint because there was no violation of the union contract or of state labor laws.

During the four hours that social services employees were confined to their building, pizza and beverages were brought in by department bosses, commissioner Arthur Johnson told the newspaper.

This man has missed his calling, he appears to be better suited for the guy that makes the calls for collection agencies or the man who says no to life saving drugs at HMO's.



James Wolfer said...

Wow. This guy is a tool. I hope he gets canned.

Bags said...

They should have let this guy walk through the gunfire to have his lunch break. The world wouldn't miss him.

Flavor Country said...

That one is low. That's all I can say.

Chuck said...

Thanks all, great comments.

Bags, that's hysterical.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Chuck, but what a pure-D asshole James Kauchis is. He ought to get fired for his callousness alone. The man is an obvious sociopath. Who is he, a relative of Ward Churchill?

Sal's Gal

Leslie said...

Sounds like he is ready for the political arena...say congress?

That is lower than dirt.

Chuck said...

Sal, funny

Leslie, tough call

mksviews said...

This really pushes the barrier when it comes to scumbaggery. I guess in a way this is the result of encouraging the parasite mentality, allow them even a little bit of entitlement and next thing, they'll be demanding all sorts of morally-bankrupt crap like this.

"But he wouldn't discuss it with the newspaper."

Yeah, that'd be right, the sniveling rat.

Right on, Bags, a bloody good idea.

Can someone ensure this POS is relocated to janitorial services, only cleaning toilets from now on. After 2 full years of doing this properly, he may be allowed a toilet brush.

Always On Watch said...

What to say?

James Kauchis must be the most selfish person in the world to worry about his lunch "rights" during a mass killing.

Kauchis doesn't understand the value of life itself. Or, put another way, Kauchis thinks that the disruption of his life on that terrible day counts for more than the lives of those who were slaughtered.

Years ago, I was held hostage for a few hours in a school where I was working. The maniac parked out front and wouldn't let anyone come out the front door. More specifically, what the the fellow wanted was for his estranged wife to walk out the door -- so that he could shoot her, I guess. I tell you this: none of us in that building were worried about our damn lunches that day. Of course, the event I'm describing happened back in the Dinosaur Day, when people had their sense of values straight.

Chuck said...

I find this whole thing amusing today. I am just home from a 12 hour shift in the ER. I ate a yogurt at my desk this morning about 8:00 and then was able to eat most of a small snack bag of pretzels at my desk about 6:00 tonight, had to finish the rest on the way home. This is a pretty routine day for me. If we get lunch it's a quick 15 - 20 minutes and we can be interupted any time for a big case, we eat in the department. The doctors eat at the desk while working. A luxury for us isn't a lunch, it's getting to eat all of our food before it gets cold. Maybe I should sue someone?