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2014-01-24 07:54:46 PM
The mistake was retiring.
 
2014-01-24 07:59:35 PM
*Independant Thought Alarm*
 
2014-01-24 08:20:49 PM
I sincerely doubt it was a million bucks.
 
2014-01-24 08:21:25 PM
That's $66,666.67 a year.  Not a single auditor blinked at those numbers?
 
2014-01-24 08:35:53 PM
Was she a pimp for gay fish?
 
2014-01-24 09:05:42 PM
Did the whistle blower get fired for blowing the whistle, or for something else?
 
2014-01-24 09:15:59 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: Did the whistle blower get fired for blowing the whistle, or for something else?


If I am remembering the news blerb correctly, she was fired for bringing the covert camera on to school grounds and filming students.
 
2014-01-24 09:41:06 PM

2wolves: That's $66,666.67 a year.  Not a single auditor blinked at those numbers?


Cop math.
 
2014-01-24 10:00:34 PM

doglover: I sincerely doubt it was a million bucks.


FTA: "Watts lives in a five-bedroom, 5,400 square-foot home in south DeKalb County....Moments later, a late model Mercedes pulled out of the garage and drove away from the home."

Maybe not exactly a million, but more than the teachers make.

/I know, that's not a very high bar.
 
2014-01-24 10:13:48 PM
A million dollars can buy a lot of sloppy joe slop-sloppy joes
 
2014-01-24 10:16:10 PM
to be fair though, she probably invested the money wisely in conservative, low-yield municipal funds with a reasonable balance of higher-risk/higher-return overseas ETFs and corporate bonds, so I'm sure the court will recover not just what she stole, but a large amount of additional cash.

or she spent it all on hats.

i'm betting hats.
 
2014-01-24 10:21:03 PM

nickdaisy: i'm betting hats.


Hats or tats.
 
2014-01-24 10:29:37 PM

stilted: more than the teachers make


Hobos make more than most teachers.
 
2014-01-24 10:38:05 PM

Tom_Slick: Three Crooked Squirrels: Did the whistle blower get fired for blowing the whistle, or for something else?

If I am remembering the news blerb correctly, she was fired for bringing the covert camera on to school grounds and filming students.


Makes some sense I guess. Thanks.
 
2014-01-24 10:49:16 PM

2wolves: That's $66,666.67 a year.  Not a single auditor blinked at those numbers?


It sounds like she set up a counter and only sold a la carte items for cash only, without a register.  Who knows what she was selling, or where she got the stock.  Hell, she could have been selling Little Debbies she got at the store for a dollar a piece and clearing more than a hundred each day.

Also, I find it amusing you think all public schools get audited, especially in Georgia.
 
2014-01-24 10:53:43 PM

Lsherm: 2wolves: That's $66,666.67 a year.  Not a single auditor blinked at those numbers?

It sounds like she set up a counter and only sold a la carte items for cash only, without a register.  Who knows what she was selling, or where she got the stock.  Hell, she could have been selling Little Debbies she got at the store for a dollar a piece and clearing more than a hundred each day.

Also, I find it amusing you think all public schools get audited, especially in Georgia.


I guess it's my naivete that tax dollars are always audited in a school system.  I know funds were subject to audit in the rural school system I grew up in and in Montgomery County, MD the books damn well better balance.
 
2014-01-24 11:11:21 PM

2wolves: Montgomery County, MD the books damn well better balance.


One of the richest school districts in the US?  I'd guess so.  They have money for auditors.

In Podunk, Georgia the auditor is probably also the school's bookkeeper, and she/he may have been in on it.
 
2014-01-24 11:40:32 PM
$500 a day at a lunch cart?

I doubt it was from selling pints of milk and bananas. However, if she was skimming from the registers, she could have pulled it off.
 
2014-01-24 11:44:17 PM
Nice.
 
2014-01-24 11:45:54 PM

doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.


This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.
 
2014-01-24 11:47:40 PM
The police charge that Watts stole $500 a day everyday Watts stuck $500 worth of pennies up her ass. That's $2,500 a week, which is a staggering $90,000 in a school year.
Over 15 years, that would be $1,350,000. 135,000,000 pennies. Those pennies were in her ass.


You think you're better than her? You're not better than her. You handled her ass pennies. You pick up her ass pennies for good luck, you throw her ass pennies in fountains and make wishes on them, you give her ass pennies to your little daughter to buy gumballs. You handle her ass pennies everyday.
 
2014-01-24 11:49:27 PM

doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.


Teachers don't tend to be rich, but they don't tend to be homeless either.
 
2014-01-24 11:50:48 PM
You shouldn't need an auditor to notice a $500 a day shortfall in sales.
 
2014-01-24 11:51:12 PM
Her mistake was not giving the Superintendent his cut.
 
2014-01-24 11:52:49 PM
Another job creator taken down by regulations.
 
2014-01-24 11:53:04 PM
I doubt she was the only one involved. Just someone from outside got involved.
 
2014-01-24 11:53:26 PM
A whistleblower provided video inside the North Springs cafeteria. There were four lines that each had a cash register to keep track of the money.

Standing alone was a blue cart that sold a-la-carte items for cash and never had a register.


So this went on for 15-20 years and not one single person figured out the scam?  Nobody in charge of counting the money ever asked where the money for Line 5 was?  Nobody ever compared inventory to sales figures?

BTW, this reminds me of a friend who's a teacher.  He makes a killing selling snacks to kids during summer school because the school doesn't provide anything (not even stocked vending machines) during summer sessions.  He's like a candy pusher.  "Whatchoo need?  I got Mars Bars, Milky Ways, Baby Ruth, Snickers.  I can hook you up."
 
2014-01-24 11:56:23 PM

mjbok: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.


The summers off thing is bullshiat by the way. Those not involved in summer school still prepare a year's worth of lesson plans during the summer, buy supplies (often with their own money), and stuff like that. So I don't understand when people biatch about someone getting ten months worth of paychecks because they work ten months a year.
 
2014-01-25 12:02:24 AM

jtown: A whistleblower provided video inside the North Springs cafeteria. There were four lines that each had a cash register to keep track of the money.

Standing alone was a blue cart that sold a-la-carte items for cash and never had a register.

So this went on for 15-20 years and not one single person figured out the scam?  Nobody in charge of counting the money ever asked where the money for Line 5 was?  Nobody ever compared inventory to sales figures?

BTW, this reminds me of a friend who's a teacher.  He makes a killing selling snacks to kids during summer school because the school doesn't provide anything (not even stocked vending machines) during summer sessions.  He's like a candy pusher.  "Whatchoo need?  I got Mars Bars, Milky Ways, Baby Ruth, Snickers.  I can hook you up."


I suspect when it all shakes out, a lot of people will go down with this crazy woman.

Reminds me of when they fired the entire hard-count crew, when I worked at a casino. One of the guys was taking out $50 in silver dollars in his shoes every day (25 in each boot). After they caught him, they questioned the rest of the crew, and then fired them all, because there was no way they didn't see him putting $50 into his shoes every day for six months.

Most likely, something like this will happen here, too.
 
2014-01-25 12:04:50 AM

jtown: A whistleblower provided video inside the North Springs cafeteria. There were four lines that each had a cash register to keep track of the money.

Standing alone was a blue cart that sold a-la-carte items for cash and never had a register.

So this went on for 15-20 years and not one single person figured out the scam?  Nobody in charge of counting the money ever asked where the money for Line 5 was?  Nobody ever compared inventory to sales figures?


If she was smart, she brought in her own stock from Costco or something and marked it up 2-3x per item (candy bar 30c bulk and sell for $1).  The school simply never knows, because it was never the schools money to begin with.
 
2014-01-25 12:04:58 AM

Abacus9: mjbok: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.

The summers off thing is bullshiat by the way. Those not involved in summer school still prepare a year's worth of lesson plans during the summer, buy supplies (often with their own money), and stuff like that. So I don't understand when people biatch about someone getting ten months worth of paychecks because they work ten months a year.


Not necessarily.  If they're involved in summer school they get paid for teaching summer school outside of their normal salary.  Regarding lesson plans, if a teacher has been teaching multiple years they can (and most that I know certainly do) reuse the majority of their lesson plans.  There is some work during the summer off, but don't pretend it is anything close to a real job.  And yes, I worked for a school for the better part of a decade so this is first hand knowledge.  If they're buying supplies with their own money that is there decision.  I know that there is a (not really) optional donation for each classroom my kids are in.  The school supplies that we "donate" for each kid are well into three figures.

The whole "teachers are underpaid" I believe.  I think teachers should be well compensated, and they aren't.  However the myth that teachers make next to nothing is complete bullshiat.
 
2014-01-25 12:06:37 AM

mjbok: but don't pretend it is anything close to a real full-time job over the summer.


FTFM.
 
2014-01-25 12:07:37 AM

LemSkroob: jtown: A whistleblower provided video inside the North Springs cafeteria. There were four lines that each had a cash register to keep track of the money.

Standing alone was a blue cart that sold a-la-carte items for cash and never had a register.

So this went on for 15-20 years and not one single person figured out the scam?  Nobody in charge of counting the money ever asked where the money for Line 5 was?  Nobody ever compared inventory to sales figures?

If she was smart, she brought in her own stock from Costco or something and marked it up 2-3x per item (candy bar 30c bulk and sell for $1).  The school simply never knows, because it was never the schools money to begin with.


If that were the case (pun intended), the story would be about an employee running an unauthorized concession and it wouldn't be a story.
 
2014-01-25 12:11:24 AM

Abacus9: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

Teachers don't tend to be rich, but they don't tend to be homeless either.



My neighbor who's a teacher isn't even second homeless.  He's got a nice lake place that he and his wife spend most of the summer at chillin on the dock or cruising around on their his and her Harleys.

He earns it though.  I might last a week with the kids.
 
2014-01-25 12:13:38 AM

Lsherm: 2wolves: That's $66,666.67 a year.  Not a single auditor blinked at those numbers?

It sounds like she set up a counter and only sold a la carte items for cash only, without a register.  Who knows what she was selling, or where she got the stock.  Hell, she could have been selling Little Debbies she got at the store for a dollar a piece and clearing more than a hundred each day.


I think that's a good theory. There was no money "missing" because the food cost was the correct percentage of the revenue. Who knows about the first year or two, but soon it would balance out and the daily/yearly revenue would be consistent.
 
2014-01-25 12:14:12 AM

mjbok: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.


Oh it is so adorable that you think teachers actually get summers off. You probably think that teachers don't have work to do when the students aren't in the classroom.

My mother makes roughly $43,000 a year (which is like five bucks after taxes) as a schoolteacher in Louisiana. And that's with twenty years of teaching experience. She gets up at 5am daily to do schoolwork, gets to work at 7am, doesn't leave until 5pm, and still has work to do on weekends. Summers are spent--guess what--doing work in her classroom that she couldn't do during the school year.

Teaching is a hell of a lot harder than some people realize.
 
2014-01-25 12:17:08 AM

maram500: My mother makes roughly $43,000 a year (which is like five bucks after taxes) as a schoolteacher in Louisiana.


Oh, you think we can't look up the tax tables for the IRS and the LA state revenue service to know that a $43,000 salary is nowhere near a pittance in a podunk state like Louisiana?
 
2014-01-25 12:18:14 AM
Impressive. hang her high.
 
2014-01-25 12:19:20 AM

maram500: mjbok: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.

Oh it is so adorable that you think teachers actually get summers off. You probably think that teachers don't have work to do when the students aren't in the classroom.

My mother makes roughly $43,000 a year (which is like five bucks after taxes) as a schoolteacher in Louisiana. And that's with twenty years of teaching experience. She gets up at 5am daily to do schoolwork, gets to work at 7am, doesn't leave until 5pm, and still has work to do on weekends. Summers are spent--guess what--doing work in her classroom that she couldn't do during the school year.

Teaching is a hell of a lot harder than some people realize.


I'm curious, what is she doing during the summer?  I know quite a few teachers.  One of the reasons they got in to teaching is to get to have summers off and tons of holidays.
 
2014-01-25 12:21:35 AM

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: A million dollars can buy a lot of sloppy joe slop-sloppy joes


Navy beans navy beans meatloaf sandwich

mjbok: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.


awarded no points. double ignorance probation. good day sir.
 
2014-01-25 12:23:42 AM

mjbok: Abacus9: mjbok: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.

The summers off thing is bullshiat by the way. Those not involved in summer school still prepare a year's worth of lesson plans during the summer, buy supplies (often with their own money), and stuff like that. So I don't understand when people biatch about someone getting ten months worth of paychecks because they work ten months a year.

Not necessarily.  If they're involved in summer school they get paid for teaching summer school outside of their normal salary.  Regarding lesson plans, if a teacher has been teaching multiple years they can (and most that I know certainly do) reuse the majority of their lesson plans.  There is some work during the summer off, but don't pretend it is anything close to a real job.  And yes, I worked for a school for the better part of a decade so this is first hand knowledge.  If they're buying supplies with their own money that is there decision.  I know that there is a (not really) optional donation for each classroom my kids are in.  The school supplies that we "donate" for each kid are well into three figures.

The whole "teachers are underpaid" I believe.  I think teachers should be well compensated, and they aren't.  However the myth that teachers make next to nothing is complete bullshiat.


Regarding lesson plans: yes, sure, teachers can reuse lesson plans year to year...unless something changes in the standards or guides. If so much as a sentence in the standards changes, you may as well throw all your lesson plans out.

Pray tell, since you worked for a school, what was your position? You clearly weren't an English teacher (they're/their/there). I would also love to know where you live that the donation per student runs into three figures. In my city, that sort-of-mandatory donation might come out to fifteen bucks.

/Guessing you don't have to pay for field trips...
 
2014-01-25 12:28:15 AM
That explains the food.
 
2014-01-25 12:28:20 AM
$300 a day?

I'm calling BS.
 
2014-01-25 12:28:53 AM

oukewldave: maram500: mjbok: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.

Oh it is so adorable that you think teachers actually get summers off. You probably think that teachers don't have work to do when the students aren't in the classroom.

My mother makes roughly $43,000 a year (which is like five bucks after taxes) as a schoolteacher in Louisiana. And that's with twenty years of teaching experience. She gets up at 5am daily to do schoolwork, gets to work at 7am, doesn't leave until 5pm, and still has work to do on weekends. Summers are spent--guess what--doing work in her classroom that she couldn't do during the school year.

Teaching is a hell of a lot harder than some people realize.

I'm curious, what is she doing during the summer?  I know quite a few teachers.  One of the reasons they got in to teaching is to get to have summers off and tons of holidays.


Lesson plans, cleaning, more lesson plans, mandatory trainincrap, typing requisitions, attempting (and failing) to figure out what the hell she is supposed to do with the pantload of new crap coming down from the state, updating student cumulative folders, filling out and filing so much paperwork, and then when the school year "starts" again, it's more of that crap for the two weeks before a student even sets foot in the school.

I once gave thought to teaching in a public high school, and although I know it would be different from the twelfth circle of hell that is teaching third grade, no way in hell will you catch me in a classroom.
 
2014-01-25 12:33:20 AM

Tom_Slick: Three Crooked Squirrels: Did the whistle blower get fired for blowing the whistle, or for something else?

If I am remembering the news blerb correctly, she was fired for bringing the covert camera on to school grounds and filming students.


That's Willie's job!
 
2014-01-25 12:44:41 AM

mjbok: Abacus9: mjbok: doglover: stilted: more than the teachers make

Hobos make more than most teachers.

This is one of those lies that has been repeated so many times it has become "fact" to most.  The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.

The summers off thing is bullshiat by the way. Those not involved in summer school still prepare a year's worth of lesson plans during the summer, buy supplies (often with their own money), and stuff like that. So I don't understand when people biatch about someone getting ten months worth of paychecks because they work ten months a year.

Not necessarily.  If they're involved in summer school they get paid for teaching summer school outside of their normal salary.  Regarding lesson plans, if a teacher has been teaching multiple years they can (and most that I know certainly do) reuse the majority of their lesson plans.  There is some work during the summer off, but don't pretend it is anything close to a real job.  And yes, I worked for a school for the better part of a decade so this is first hand knowledge.  If they're buying supplies with their own money that is there decision.  I know that there is a (not really) optional donation for each classroom my kids are in.  The school supplies that we "donate" for each kid are well into three figures.

The whole "teachers are underpaid" I believe.  I think teachers should be well compensated, and they aren't.  However the myth that teachers make next to nothing is complete bullshiat.


That's my point, they're not destitute, but they're certainly underpaid. Many of the districts around here waste money on crap. The superintendent gets to vote himself a higher salary, while they privatize the maintenance crew because they can't afford to pay them. And the teachers do have to buy there own supplies, not textbooks, but art supplies, pencils, chalk and markers. Imagine working in an office where you had to buy your own pens, printer paper, staples, flash drives, etc.
 
2014-01-25 12:48:08 AM

mjbok: The median teacher salary is over 40k.  Not rich, but not close to poverty level, either.   It Atlanta it is over 46K.  Plus, summers off, etc.


You know what's sad?  It's sad that you think $40K is a lot of money.  That's what's sad.
 
2014-01-25 12:48:25 AM

Abacus9: The summers off thing is bullshiat by the way. Those not involved in summer school still prepare a year's worth of

photocopy the previous year's lesson plans during the summer
 
2014-01-25 12:53:55 AM
And in all those 20 years, not one single person who had the slightest idea how the school budget was structured ever, even once, stepped into that school at lunch time.

My guess is that half the school was part of the scam, and the other half were the laziest people ever born in the history of the world.
 
2014-01-25 12:54:52 AM

Nutsac_Jim: Abacus9: The summers off thing is bullshiat by the way. Those not involved in summer school still prepare a year's worth ofphotocopy the previous year's lesson plans during the summer


You're so right, it's not as if they teach current events in school, you nutsac.
 
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