Prompt payment

Prompt payment

A motorist has just settled a parking ticket in Pennsylvania…44 years after it was issued. The ticket, from 1974, was for $2 and concerned parking in a restricted zone. The guilty party mailed $5 to the relevant Police Department, with a letter claiming he’d always intended to pay. He stated his name only as “Dave” and provided a return address of “Feeling guilty, Wayward Road, Anytown, Ca”. “That means I only made $3 in 44 years”, Police Chief Michael Combs complained, not entirely seriously, after receiving the money.


Shelling out

Firms are providing taxable benefits-in-kind to their staff worth more than ever, the latest official figures from HM Revenue & Customs showed.  

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High jinks

High jinks

Firefighters accomplished an unusual task when they returned a man to earth after he’d shinned up a 32-foot high lamppost in Birmingham, then spent an hour sitting on top of it. West Midlands Fire Service used a 45-foot ladder, held in place with metal posts, and a hydraulic platform to do the job. Handsworth Fire Station tweeted later that the crews had “got there just in time” and the incident “could have ended very differently”. Ambulance staff treated the man for a hand injury at the scene and then took him to hospital for further assessment.


Sticking around

Over a quarter of people believe they will still be in full or part-time work when aged 70, according to a survey marking this week’s 70th birthday of the National Health Service.

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Growth industry

Over 100 frauds are now committed each year involving people paying for criminal record checks that are never performed or concern non-existent jobs, official figures revealed.

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Going missing

Staff at companies with over 250 workers are typically absent for 7.5 days a year, while those at firms with fewer than 10 people average just 2.8 days annually, according to research.

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Paying up

Food delivery brand Deliveroo agreed to pay each of 50 riders thousands of pounds in compensation before a dispute over whether they are self-employed went to a tribunal.

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Digital dividend

Organisations leading the way in integrating digital technology into their workplaces are more likely to have consistent feedback mechanisms for staff, a report said.

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Financial headache

Migraine sufferers each need to take up to 33 days off work a year to cope with their condition, a disorder which costs the UK economy £3.3bn annually, a study found.

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Telling porkies

More than a third of staff who’ve taken time off work due to chronic conditions have lied about the reasons for their leave, fearing colleagues’ reactions to the truth, according to research.

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