Worst Fake Excuse to Go on Vacation Ever: My Daughter Died

January 11, 2012  |  

Joan Barnett ought to be ashamed of herself. People are known to make up excuses for why they can’t come into work—car trouble, they’re sick, family emergency, etc.—but this former parent coordinator at the Manhattan School of Hospitality Management takes the shameful prize. She told her boss that her daughter died so that she could go on a two-week vacation to Costa Rica in March 2010.

I was hoping Joan didn’t really have a daughter so I could sleep at night knowing this woman didn’t make her child an accomplice in this scheme, but no such luck. As part of the scam, Joan had her real daughter call the school and say that her sister (who doesn’t exist) was in Costa Rica and was sick. Then, according to authorities, the mother had a relative call and say that the girl died of a heart attack and the whole family was going to the country for the wake and funeral.

As dumb as that plan was, Joan was also sloppy in her attempt to prove she was telling the truth. She provided the school with a death certificate, but the principal was suspicious when he noticed the fonts were different sizes. The school contacted authorities and according to special schools investigator Richard Condon, airline records confirmed the whole thing was a scam.”Although the death certificate said March 20th, 2010, she had booked the flight in early March so it was obvious she was going to Costa Rica for vacation,” Condon says.

Well, Joan doesn’t have to worry about time off for any future vacations. She was fired from the school and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of forgery in court. Now that she’s no longer earning $37,000 a year, it might be hard to afford another tropical vacation.  Her poor daughter, SMH.

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