A Spanish court has ruled that a civil servant who failed to show up to work for years in the southern city of Cadiz must pay back nearly 27,000 euros in wages. The ruling said the employee of a city-owned water utility did not appear at the office for up to six years and “did absolutely no work” from 2007 to 2010 before his retirement in 2011. The judgment did not specify how the worker’s absence went undetected for so long.

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