Two information officers for the French rail operators SNCF got a little creative in finding a way to spend more time on their leisure pursuits and ended up getting arrested for it, it was claimed this week.
The SNCF employees are alleged to have paid two teenage boys about €200 ($270) to attack them on Friday around 8:30 am in front of surveillance cameras at the Champs de Courses d'Enghien station where they worked, TV station TF1 reported.
It was only when police showed up, finding one of the women still on the ground, that their plot started to unravel. Police used surveillance footage to identify the attackers, who were quickly caught. The teens, 15 and 16-year-olds, did not take long to give up the truth it seems.
The boys' confession led officers back to the rail workers who admitted they staged the whole thing in order to get placed on sick leave. One of the workers, 25 years old, reportedly told investigators she’d hoped to use the time to improve her dance skills, while the other said she wanted to visit family in the French island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
Their desire to get extra-time off may shock some, given that full-time workers in France are guaranteed at least five weeks of vacation per year.
The two women were taken in for questioning and must appear in court in October on charges of falsely reporting a crime, French daily 20 minutes reported. For their part, the teenage boys were warned and reminded of the law.