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Sunday 23rd February 11:13

Worker Dead at Desk for Five Days

turklebaum_02The story of George Turkelbaum is so shocking that it is hard to believe it is true. However, the facts about this upsetting case were reported by the prestigious New York Times as follows:

"Bosses of city publishing firm, Hoopers, are trying to work out why no one noticed that one of their employees had been sitting dead at his desk for five days before anyone asked if he was feeling OK.

The report continued, "George Turkelbaum, 51, who had been employed as a proof-reader at the East 54th Street firm for 30 years, had a heart attack in the open-plan office he shared with 23 other workers.

"It is believed that he quietly passed away on Monday, but nobody noticed until Saturday morning when an office cleaner asked him why he was working during the weekend.

"His boss, Eliot Wachiaski, said, "George was always the first guy in each morning and the last to leave at night, so no one found it unusual that he was in the same position all that time and didn't say anything. He was always absorbed in his work and kept much to himself. Obviously, we are very shocked and our thoughts go out to his friends and family." It is thought that George had lived alone in Brooklyn for the last 3 years.

"A post-mortem examination revealed that he had been dead for five days after suffering a coronary. George was proofreading manuscripts of medical textbooks when he died."

Following the New York Times report, the Internet and social media were alight with the story. According to the "Birmingham Sunday Mercury", more than 100 million worldwide texts and emails on poor George's woeful tale had been passed from office to office by the end of the day of the report. As one email correspondent put it, "What kind of world is it where we are so absorbed in ourselves that we can't lift our heads for five minutes to check on our co-workers?" World-of-work blogger, Samia Courtney wrote, "The tale bespeaks a universal fear of being ignored and unappreciated in the workplace. It is a sad moral on our life and times."

It is believed that workers affiliated to the Printing and Publishing House Workers Industrial Union are currently in talks with Hoopers and their parent company for some kind of memorial to George.

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