Phone GPS tracks city employee leaving early – 83 times

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Phone GPS tracks city employee leaving early – 83 times

New York (NY) – A New York school system employee could be fired after a GPS-enabled phone tracked him leaving early dozens of times within a few months.  John Halpin, a 21-year employee and a carpenter supervisor was tracked leaving early 83 times between March and Aug in 2006.  Halpin earns $300 for a full day’s work, but sometimes he left more than three hours early.

A free city-issued mobile phone was Halpin’s undoing.  Officials activated the phone’s GPS tracking features after they became suspicious about Halpin’s timesheets.

According to the New York Post, Halpin also came in early on “numerous occasions”, sometimes at 6 AM which is two hours earlier than his official 8 AM start time.

An administrative judge has recommended the firing of Halpin.

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