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Cheers and jeers

March 17, 2012
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To overkill. The new biometric time clock has arrived in the town of Broadalbin. Town employees' hours now will be recorded by a device that recognizes their faces and fingerprints. It is supposed to eliminate "buddy punching," in which a late or absent employee has a co-worker punch the time clock for him. But that doesn't seem to be the main reason it's being brought into the town. It appears the action is a result of a resident, a former town employee, complaining about the highway department not repairing equipment, taking long breaks in local restaurants and leaving the department garage in sloppy condition. The resident claimed no one was keeping track of employees. The biometric time clock records time, not job performance or work ethics, and it doesn't supervise workers. The device may be more exact about when people are working, but the quality of their work remains fully human.



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