Man fired for stealing 2 cents worth of electricity

A German company that fired a man for the theft of 1.8 euro cents (two U.S. cents) worth of electricity had no grounds for dismissing him, a court ruled, throwing out their appeal against his reinstatement.

Network administrator Oliver Beel lost his job after charging his Segway, at work in May 2009. After he connected the vehicle to the firm’s power source for 1-1/2 hours, his boss asked him to remove it. Twelve days later Beel found himself without a job.

The court ruled that dismissal was disproportionate to the offense, especially given the “minimal electricity cost involved, the plaintiff’s 19-year employment by the company and the fact other employees charged mobile phones and digital photo frames at the firm’s expense without punishment.”


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3 Responses to Man fired for stealing 2 cents worth of electricity

  1. Teeluck

    September 14, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Wow, and after 19 years of service…that could never happen in America!

  2. Krell

    September 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Now I know what they were singing about when they said “You say you want a revolution”. It was a Segway revolution. Didn’t quite work out.

  3. fourdinners

    September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    It’s the ‘management style of today’ chaps and chapesses.

    As a recent union rep I know whereof I speak.

    Jumped up assholes promoted waaaaay above their abilities ’cause they ass lick and then bully and intimidate employees.

    So glad I’m self employed now…maybe I can intimidate myself?