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Temp tests Woody Allen’s 80% theory and fails

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Maybe Craig Whirlow, a temp agency employee from Connellsville, is a con man. Maybe he’s just a world-class slacker. Or maybe he’s a fan of comedian and director Woody Allen, who once famously observed, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

Unfortunately for Whirlow, he may soon be spending 100% of his time in jail. He’s been charged with theft by deception for clocking in to his temp job on days off, going home and then returning to work at the end of the day to clock out.

It was a pretty sweet gig for a few months. Whirlow, an employee of Staffmark Temporary Agency, was assigned to work at DNP America Corp. in East Huntingdon in the spring of 2008. On July 18, his supervisor noticed he was clocked in for work but was not on the schedule. After determining Whirlow wasn’t on the premises, she launched an investigation.

The staffing agency found that over the course of three months, Whirlow had clocked in for 297.6 hours of time he hadn’t worked, receiving $3,715.78 in unearned compensation.

When confronted, Whirlow said his actions were “stupid.” They were also criminal.

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