Man fired after outsourcing his own job to China

From Foreign Policy Thu Jan 17 2013, 11:57:18

This is not your typical story of jobs being shipped overseas. The Guardian reports that a U.S. software developer working for Verizon was caught self-outsourcing during a routine network security check:

It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor.

For Bob had come up with the idea of outsourcing his own job - to China. So, while a Chinese consulting firm got on with the job he was paid to do, on less than one-fifth of his salary, he whiled away his working day surfing Reddit, eBay and Facebook.

Here's what he did with all his spare time:

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