Whistleblower: Wrong click costs him plenty

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2012 - 10:09 AM

A simple mistake when applying for unemployment benefits online has complicated the lives of a Minnesota man and his daughter.

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BUDFeb. 5, 1212:11 AM

The government never fails to disappoint. Good luck to this man and his daughter.

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gking2mnFeb. 5, 12 5:50 AM

stay on course, they will give you your unemployment and gl with your daughter

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aonealphaFeb. 5, 12 6:10 AM

Typical government bureacrats. Both the claimant and company state the facts, but the government "knows better." and makes up their own "facts." This is why we need to rein in governemnt and government unions so you can fire these bureacrats when they act this arrogantly AND incompetently; ESPECIALLY in this state!!

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lrnmthFeb. 5, 12 7:33 AM

aonealpha ... There's nothing about unions in this article. I'm pretty sure that judges are not in a union. Now, printers could be in a union. It's likely that, were this a union shop, there would have been guidance during the layoff process and language in policy or contract that would have covered this situation. "Even those on a leave of absence can be eligible for benefits, but not in Thielen's case because Nahan Printing doesn't have a written policy about it, the judge wrote." Clearly you have something against unions even though you don't know much about them.

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bik4u62Feb. 5, 12 7:57 AM

I'm with you, aonealpha. What was Obama thinking? Stop illegal immigration. What do we want? Right now! When do we want it? Change!

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william2mnFeb. 5, 12 8:12 AM

Once again the government, courts and judges show just are thoroughly they can screw with people's lives while they hop in their cars and drive home at night and still somehow sleep.

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munsterlandrFeb. 5, 12 8:19 AM

Governor Mark Dayton's CRACK government team strikes again. Shame on all you that think we need even more government in our lives.

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knotsofastFeb. 5, 12 8:20 AM

Key line in the article: "In November, Paul Thielen applied for unemployment benefits after he stopped working at a St. Cloud printing plant. He thought he was getting laid off".

This sounds like he left BEFORE he got laid off. It does not say he applied for benefits AFTER being laid off. He made a decision to leave before being laid off and is suffering the consequences for a poor decision.

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ironwolf1950Feb. 5, 12 8:39 AM

Well, I think at issue here is he could have accepted part time work and refused.

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mc490maicoFeb. 5, 12 8:40 AM

Typical star and sycle, delete half the comments

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