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A GERMAN public official has retired with an email telling his 500 co-workers he didn’t do a tap of work in 14 years.

The 65-year-old informed his colleagues that he earned £600,000 ($917,000) while working with the civil service “without lifting a finger”, reports The Daily Mail.

His parting words to his workmates were: “Since 1998, I was present but not really there. So I’m going to be well prepared for retirement – Adieu.”

The well-rested man from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia did not think the email would leave the office.

When confronted by his local newspaper he declined to comment saying the email “was not intended for public view”.

The man, who worked as a surveyor since 1974 said the situation was the council’s fault because he did not have enough work to do and could leave it all to his colleagues.

This enraged the mayor of the town who has since made the 65-year-old’s former job redundant.

“The employee had not once complained about not having enough to do during his 38 years of employment,” said the Mayor of Minden, Volker Fleige.


“This kind of behaviour is very worrying,” he said.



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