Man stabs himself to get out of working the night shift
The Denver Post reported earlier this week that when 29-year-old Aaron Siebers walked into Blockbuster at the start of his evening shift, he claimed he had been attacked by three people -- skinheads, he said at first. Indeed, he had a deep wound in his leg and several lesser cuts.
A manhunt soon ensued, complete with police dogs. Then the police started finding holes not just in his leg, but his story, For starters, he claimed to have been attacked near a Target, but the cameras didn't pick up the incident or show any suspicious activity.
Siebers eventually recanted and admitted that he had abducted himself at knife point.
As a police spokesman told The Denver Post, "If you are going to concoct a story about being stabbed, don't do it near a Target Store."
Siebers was arrested, of course, and hopefully, along with a good lawyer, he has retained a good psychiatrist. I certainly know I'm wondering if he is crazy, as in mentally ill. Why else would you stab yourself in the leg and put your life at risk -- or at least put yourself into such pain -- to avoid working?
On the other hand, maybe he's just lazy. But not so lazy, since his excuse took some effort on his part... I mean, most of us would have just called on a cell phone and said we had the swine flu, hung up and called it a day, but maybe he had used that excuse already.
I almost feel for the guy. While a video store may have looked like a fun place to work--after all, who wouldn't want to work in a business where you're constantly talking about movies--the reality is probably quite different. I'll never forget working at a bookstore a few months out of college. I thought it would be the next best thing to writing books -- until I had to lug piles of book to shelves, stock the shelves, sweep out the back alley and work the cash register. Suddenly, this fun job was just a job. And the pay was dismal.
Maybe that's what happened to Siebers. Maybe he found himself feeling stuck, stuck in a job, stuck in life, and... and yet, even as I try to understand why he did it, I still can't picture myself or any mentally healthy person taking a knife to their leg as a way to get out of work. I feel sorry for people who are desperate for a job, any job, and are reading this right now. There's a lot of unemployment, after all, and even if Blockbuster was the worst place in the world to work, I'm sure a lot of people would have happily taken Sieber's place.