|U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, PA|
While each case of disability in America and in the rest of the world may differ from person to person, one Philadelphia Mint employee's claim to not being able to answer phones at a desk due to a debilitating injury recently came under great suspicion after Mount Laurel, New Jersey's Richard Rufo told supervisors he was too injured to do his job protecting money at the Philadelphia Mint in favor of "protecting" an estimated $1.1 million in gross income and netting estimate profits of 318,000 byselling memorabilia and novelty items including golf balls, badges, clothes and yes, coins at his company United Safety Supply Co. while he continued to collect $173,000 in Federal aid.
While I don't fault Mr. Rufo for having the initiative and foresight to sell a "kitchen sink-like" number of items reminiscent of the famous Sesame Street segment "One of these things is not like the other," holding out for just over one hundred grand, in what amounts to Federal "really, really sick pay" is a bit avariciously stupid -- like saving up for that Ford Taurus you always wanted while driving your Rolls Royce to your son's elementary school for a parent-teacher conference. Oh, such wondrously weighted levels of "I want the whole world!" are enough to make Ms. Varuca Salt of Willy Wonka fame give up her lavish pursuits in favor of a new habit -- the Mother Teresa kind.
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