666 fear gets worker a reprimand

A God-fearing civil servant who refused to clock in at her office for four months in order to defeat a satanist conspiracy should only be punished for being regularly late at work, Greece’s supreme administrative court has ruled. In a decision made public yesterday, the Council of State found that the Deposits and Loans Fund should not have stopped the salary of the woman – only identified as E.P. – for three months because she refused to use the electronic clocking-in system. Her explanation had been that the microchip on her card contained the number 666, which some Christians associate with the devil. The State Legal Council consulted the software manufacturers, who denied any satanic link. The court accepted the woman’s argument that she had signed the company book upon entry and departure. But it decided she should be reprimanded for regularly being a few minutes late over 10 months.