Tales of the ridiculous

While we have been dodging storms, some ridiculous things have been happening in other parts of the country and world.

Ridiculous story No. 1: The Contra Costa Times of Concord, Calif., reported that half of the employees hired to man a call center to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) will not be eligible for health care benefits.

Yup, half the couple of hundred jobs in the call center that will be run by Contra Costa County (one of three such centers in California) will be part-time jobs and ineligible for benefits. Some of the workers hired just found out they will be part-timers.

“What’s really ironic is working for a call center and trying to help people get health care, but we can’t afford it ourselves,” the paper quoted one employee as saying.

Another employee told the paper the status change was announced in individual private meetings with the new hires.

“The woman said, ‘I know you were led to believe you would be full time, but things have changed. . . . You are actually ‘part-time intermittent.’ “

The county explained it has said all along some of the jobs would be part time, but the paper said staff reports and a job posting listed all 204 jobs as full time. The call center is supposed to open Oct. 1.

Ridiculous story No. 2: A 15-year-old Connecticut girl was kicked out of a summer camp for kissing a boy, and her lawyer father has responded by suing the camp for $675,000 in damages, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

“She (the camp director) kicked me out of camp because of a simple kiss the day before my birthday,” the girl said. “It was just a kiss. She is a big bully – she made me feel horrible about myself and she ruined my summer.”

According to the lawsuit, the camp director referred to the teen as a “slut,” “loose” and a “tramp.”

The camp director said the girl was a “security threat.” She had local police escort the girl to the gates of the camp where her parents were waiting.

Hmmm . . . sneaking a kiss behind the arts and crafts building may not have been a smart thing to do. But – on the other hand – if you can get a kiss AND $675,00, it may have been a brilliant move.

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