Audit: State worker, boss spent hours shopping on the job

The Seattle TimesJanuary 28, 2014 

A state Department of Social and Health Services worker spent more than 75 hours browsing the Internet on the job during a four-month stretch last year, according to an audit released Monday.

The worker, who was not identified, used his computer to shop for boats, motorcycles, pet supplies, guns and a chainsaw, according to a report from the State Auditor’s Office, which investigated after a whistleblower complaint.

Between late December 2012 and January 2013, the worker spent more than three and a half hours browsing for fish and an aquarium. On one April 2013 work day, he spent more than two and half hours browsing.

Asked to explain his actions, the worker “stated his supervisor was aware of his use and had never addressed it with him as being an issue,” according to the audit.

That may have been because the boss was doing the same thing.

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