Looks like someone really wanted to get out of work. A Seattle man by the name of James Bea has been arrested after orchestrating a campaign of bomb threats against his coworkers at the financial services firm where he works at (thought he’s most likely been fired at this point).
The 21-year-old allegedly sent anonymous text messages to his fellow employees, referencing personal details and threatening to blow up the building with C4 explosives unless all staff are evacuated. Here’s one of the messages sent:
“Hello Tom. I know you are wondering who this is, but we will get to that later. I’ve watched you for the past 6 months. Where you work, which route you take home, where you grocery shop, where you go for drinks, where that pretty little girlfriend of yours works; need I go on? What do I want you may be wondering? I want you and the rest of your staff to evacuate the building. Failure to do so will harm not only your pretty soon to be wife, but everyone who works for you. I have planted and will detonate 18 C4 explosives in exactly 30 minutes. Take this as a joke, and your staff’s lives will be in your hands.”
To cover his own ass, Bea sent threats to his own phone while mentioning “Nigger James”. He even went as far as using the 2013 shooting death of his brother to make his threats to himself more convincing.
Apparently, the alleged motive for Bea to do all this was to simply get a few extra days off work. Messages sent to Bea warned him not to show up for work on April 15 and April 22. While he took the 15th off, he responded on the 22nd saying, “You are not going to stop me from working and performing. Fuck off.” Clearly, he this man is completely dedicated to his work.
But that’s not all, Bea is also accused of stealing credit card numbers at work and charging thousands of dollars in purchases. He is currently in Jail on $100,000 bail.
I guess the days of simply asking or randomly calling in sick are over.