JASON’S PICK

Worker sends 1,000 ducklings to boss’s home

Builder Chiu Xiang arranged for the 1,130 live ducklings to be dropped in the home of his employer, Hung Bin, in a dispute over wages. The 60-year-old, who worked for Bin for three years, said he was owed £300 in unpaid wages after quitting his job in China’s Sichuan province last year, according to the Shanghaiist. ‘It was all he deserved,’ he said. ‘I hope the ducks drove him quackers.’ Xiang organised for a contact who runs a poultry business to drop the ducks off, telling him they would be paid for on delivery. Police were called to the scene after Bin refused to pay for the duck delivery. ‘It was drastic but necessary,’ said Xiang, who has been promised a negotiated settlement with the local labour authorities. The duckling were taken away again when Xiang eventually agreed to pay delivery costs. (CBS News)

KRISTEN’S PICK - WINNER

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MEN TRY TO SOUND SEXY

While most people – both male and female – would agree that a low, breathy voice is “sexy,” a new study says men aren't very good at it. Researchers found that women were much better at lowering their voice and adding a touch of hoarseness than men. Men, unfortunately, got worse when they tried – and ended up turning women off. Or, scaring them. (Time)


FRECKLES' PICK

IRS Employees Get Bonuses And More When They Owe Taxes

A government investigator has revealed that the Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes. How bad is it?

According to the Associated Press, a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, proves that more than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.

"These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance," George offered. "However, while not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS's charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration."

Other examples of misconduct by workers getting bonuses included misusing government credit cards for travel, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits. The IRS said it has developed a new policy linking conduct and performance bonuses for executives and senior level employees. Better late than never?