Civil Servant who lost Child Benefit CD thought it was a frisbee

Funny story written by Noshing Mink

Thursday, 22 November 2007

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Another civil servant tosses away a damaged CD

A Government inquiry has revealed that the civil servant who lost a CD containing sensitive data about child benefit claimants, had thought the CD was a frisbee and had been playing with it in his back garden when it got thrown over a hedge and was lost.

The overpaid young clerk, Mr. Tom Shitforbrains, said that nobody had ever told him not to download sensitive data, put it on a frisbee and throw it over the garden fence.

"It was a genuine mistake", the numbskull added. "When I went over the fence to retrieve what I thought was a frisbee I noticed it was gone and a masked man was running off with it in his hands towards a van that was marked Identity Thieves R Us."

A union representative backed him up, saying:

"The Government needs a clearer security policy, which differentiates between CDs and frisbees. Both look so alike that anyone could make a mistake."

The blunder is said to have exposed millions of people to the risk of identity theft and loss of all the money in their bank accounts. However, a security expert said:

"Based on 35 years of experience in the industry, I would say that the only person who's safe is the civil servant who lost the data. Nobody in their right mind would want to steal his identity right now."

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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