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A man who was accidentally paid 286 times his normal salary ended up resigning and completely disappearing, much to the delight of his employers, who are still chasing him for the cash.
The unnamed worker worked at Consorcio Industrial de Alimentos (Cial), an industrial food company that is one of the largest producers of cold cut meats in Chile.
Chilean financial news website Diario Financiero reports that he was supposed to have a monthly pay that worked out as 500,000 Chilean Pesos ($545/£450) – with the nation’s monthly minimum wage coming in at around 400,000 Chilean Pesos ($434/£356) per month, according to Take-Profit.org.
However, back in May, the company accidentally paid him 165,398,851 Chilean Pesos ($178,629/£148,000), meaning his pay packet that month was hundreds of times the amount it should have been.
When HR picked up on the pretty huge error, Cial reached out to the employee to discuss his mistaken wage.
"He was informed and clarified that this money did not correspond to the payment of any service," Chilean legal documents claim, per Diario Financiero.
The man initially agreed to go to his bank the next morning to sort out the repayment, but he then failed to show up to work and eventually went completely AWOL.
His employers were unable to contact him, despite multiple attempts to call, text, and WhatsApp the worker – who later made contact on 2 June to tender his resignation.
Now, having heard nothing else from the former staffer, Cial has launched legal action against him to try and get the excess pay back.
So far, no arrests have been made.
While the man in Chile has gone for the silent approach with his employers, another worker in the UK decided to hit back at her bosses by launching an unfair dismissal case, having been awarded a whopping £12,138.40 in compensation.
Former New Look worker Samantha Jackson told a tribunal that she felt bullied by her line manager Kirsty Sherburn, who criticised her for wearing Nike trainers while she was ‘berated’ over another issue.
Jackson said Sherburn was aware that she had to wear the trainers due to a knee condition, but claims she was told not to come in wearing the ‘horrid orange things’ again.
The employment tribunal ruled that failures by New Look amounted to a breach of trust and confidence, causing unfair dismissal.
Employment Judge Jonathan Brain said: “There can be no reasonable and proper reason for a store manager to treat a junior employee in this manner.”
LADbible has contacted New Look for comment.