Public school teachers have some of the most envious job protections among any in the workforce. They receive tenure after only two or three years, which makes it extremely difficult and costly to fire them.
The latest case in point: Arnold Anderson, an elementary school teacher in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Over the past two years, Anderson has been late to work a whopping 111 times.
His excuse? “I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time.” (Try that one on your boss. Most of us wouldn’t get away with it once, much less 111 times.)
The school made a reasonable attempt to fire Anderson for his tardiness, but their attempt was rejected in favor of a suspension until next January.
Anderson has been teaching for fifteen years, and now makes $90,000 per year. In addition, he most likely receives top-notch benefits and contributions toward a pension.
After hearing about the case, New Jersey governor Chris Christie sent the following tweet: