If there’s one thing that unites humanity around the world, it’s laziness. Unlike our dumb animal cousins who always need to fight for survival, we’ve learned that it feels good to just kick back and veg out for a while. Like anything good, though, being lazy can be bad when done to excess. If your slacker lifestyle is starting to interfere with other aspects of your life, read on to learn about 10 people who have taken laziness to incredible extremes.

Alberto Muraglia
We like to think that police officers take their job somewhat seriously. After all, they have guns. But even cops can be lazy. Meet Alberto Muraglia, an Italian police officer in the city of San Remo who got into a bit of trouble in 2015 when hidden cameras caught him coming into the station in his underpants, punching his time card, and then going back to bed. Because the station offices are in the same building as Muraglia’s apartment, he claimed he was “at work” even when he was asleep. Other days saw him too lazy to do even that, sending his wife or daughter down to clock in for him instead.

Joaquin Garcia

Desk and lamp in modern office
Desk and lamp in modern office

Have you ever had a job where you didn’t know exactly who your boss was? That can lead to some unexpected perks. When Spanish engineer Joaquin Garcia was tapped to head up the construction of a wastewater treatment plant, the local government thought he was reporting to the private water company and the company thought he was reporting to the government. At the end of the day, Garcia realized he didn’t have to report to anybody ­ so he just started not showing up for the job at all. He managed to continue this amazingly lazy charade for a staggering six years. Some of his coworkers even thought he was dead, but he still continued to pull a paycheck.

Alan Kenyon
The United Kingdom has long been famed for their social welfare system, which lets people stay on unemployment, ­ aka “the dole,” ­ for a staggeringly long time. Few people abused that system quite like Alan Kenyon, who milked the government for 35 years of support before collecting his retirement benefits. In the 1970s, he was a relatively prosperous house painter, but after losing a gig he decided to stay on the state’s payroll basically full-­time, minus a few short stints. In today’s money, he took about $200,000 from the government for his life of leisure, and now rides around on a publicly­ funded bus pass while spending his pension.

Paul Railton
Having a pet involves taking some responsibility for another life, but UK layabout Paul Railton wasn’t having any of it. He made headlines in 2012 when police caught him walking his dog ­ from the driver’s seat of his car. On a snowy December morning, Railton took his Nissan Navara out for a drive with his dog running beside him on a leash. A bicyclist reported the odd sight to the cops, who pulled him over and issued a citation. He was eventually taken to court and barred from driving for six months. Railton’s lazy dog walking might lead to him getting a little more exercise now.

Ray­ Brent Marsh
Cremation Urns
No matter what kind of job you have, you can do it well or do it badly. Ray­ Brent Marsh was the proprietor of the Tri­State Crematory in Noble, Georgia, and you’d think that his tasks would be pretty simple: put dead bodies in the big furnace, shake the ashes into jars and lock the doors when you go home at night. He did the last thing at least, but for six years, instead of burning the bodies, Marsh just threw them into his backyard and hoped for the best. In 2002, inspectors discovered the neglected corpses on the property when a neighbor’s dog brought home a human bone. He claimed the oven had stopped working and he just didn’t have the time to get it fixed.

Kuang Zhengxuan
When we think about China, we generally imagine a nation of motivated go­-getters working to crush our economy under their heel. But China has lazy bums too, and nobody’s quite as lazy as Kuang Zhengxuan. After quitting school at a young age to become a barber, Kuang discovered that the working life wasn’t for him and decided to stop doing it and just hang out at his parents’ house. Eventually, they got a little tired of him sponging off of them and kicked him out at the age of 29 to fend for himself. He was so insulted by this change to his lifestyle that he actually sued his own parents to force them to continue to support him. Interestingly enough, Chinese parents can also sue their children for support when they are too old to no longer work, so we can see some more time in court for this family.

Susan Moore

Ein Personalbogen für die Arbeitsaufnahme
Ein Personalbogen für die Arbeitsaufnahme

Some people argue that the UK social safety net designed to support people in between jobs is a little too lenient, and Susan Moore might agree. The British woman received media attention for sponging off the dole for decades. After dropping out of college in 1988, she collected “jobseeker’s allowance” for 16 years while never actually, you know, seeking jobs. Even when given opportunities, she found some excuse to never pursue them — most notably, refusing a job at a nearby supermarket because she’d have to take the bus there. When confronted with her epic laziness, Moore claimed she “just hadn’t been given a chance.”

Phil Fendick
A picture showing the hands of a young boy holding a video game controller

Typically, when you break up with somebody, that’s the end of doing favors and such. Not for Phil Fendick, though. The British bloke split with his lady friend Marie in 2007 when she caught him sexting with another woman. The pair had four kids together, and Marie supports all of them with her wages. When she kicked Phil out of her apartment, he was somehow able to convince the council to put him up in the unit next door, where he lays about playing Xbox and watching TV in between having meals brought to him by Marie, who says she could never watch the father of her children go hungry.

Chris Buss
Close up of man's legs and bare feet hanging over side of sofa
Marriage is a tricky thing; it’s a balancing act to keep any partnership going. And there are guys like Chris Buss who take that whole balancing act and throw it right in the garbage can. Buss married his wife Paula in 1971 and immediately embarked on a life of pure leisure, letting her do every single household chore in addition to washing and blow­-drying his hair before she leaves for work. When he’s out of the house, Buss is apparently a model employee for the Channel tunnel rail system, but at home he’s one of the laziest men in Britain. Amazingly, his wife doesn’t seem to mind much. Lucky guy.

A.K. Verma
Work stinks; let’s face it. But if you don’t do it, you don’t get paid. That is, unless you’re A.K. Verma. This astoundingly lazy Indian man worked for his country’s Central Public Works department as an executive engineer, but in 1990 realized that he just wasn’t into it anymore. So he started not showing up, at first going on sick leave and then just refusing to come back in. He was cited for willful absence of duty in 1992, but it didn’t make much difference. It took over a decade for the government to start dismissal proceedings, and they finally agreed to let him go in 2015, ­ a full quarter century after he stopped going into the office.


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