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25th-Jan-2008 12:34 pm
Angry Employee Deletes All of Company's Data

Call it a tale of revenge gone wrong.

When Marie Lupe Cooley, 41, of Jacksonville, Fla., saw a help-wanted ad in the newspaper for a position that looked suspiciously like her current job — and with her boss's phone number listed — she assumed she was about to be fired.

So, police say, she went to the architectural office where she works late Sunday night and erased 7 years' worth of drawings and blueprints, estimated to be worth $2.5 million.

"She decided to mess up everything for everybody," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson told reporters. "She just sabotaged the entire business, thinking she was going to get axed."

It didn't take Steven Hutchins, owner of the architectural firm that bears his name, much time to figure out who'd done it — Cooley was the only other person who had full access to the files.

Police arrested Cooley Monday evening and charged her with causing greater than $1,000 damage to computer files, a felony. She was bailed out the following afternoon.

Hutchins told one TV station he'd managed to recover all the files using an expensive data-recovery service.

As for the job, Cooley originally wasn't in danger of losing it. The ad was for Hutchins' wife's company.

The firm told FOXNews.com that Cooley no longer is employed there.

26th-Jan-2008 03:23 am (UTC)
26th-Jan-2008 03:25 am (UTC)
wow. At least wait until after you've gotten the boot before doing something like that. Or cover your tracks better.
26th-Jan-2008 04:09 am (UTC)
In a situation like this, there probably wouldn't be any chance after the fact. Someone with that kind of power is usually escorted from the premises upon being terminated.
26th-Jan-2008 03:40 am (UTC)
That's just insane. I hate to say it, but she deserved it. Lots of people get fired. Not everyone tries to put everyone else out of work.
26th-Jan-2008 03:46 am (UTC)
26th-Jan-2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Wow!! Talk about karma coming back and biting you in the ass.

This numbnut fully deserved what she received. This shows why it's a good idea to get all of the facts before acting.

**shakes head**
26th-Jan-2008 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm jumping the gun here, but if she was looking in the employment section of the newspaper, I mean... maybe her job didn't mean that much to her at all?

26th-Jan-2008 04:11 am (UTC)
I thought about that, too. Then again, maybe she was just curious about them, or looking up an ad that someone else told her she should see, or checking for someone else......
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26th-Jan-2008 04:12 am (UTC)
BONUS POINTS: She wasn't even gonna get fired.
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26th-Jan-2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I was wondering the same thing...
26th-Jan-2008 05:32 am (UTC)
26th-Jan-2008 08:17 am (UTC)
I wonder how she feels knowing that she not only lost her job (unnecessarily), but also that she's made herself notorious enough that she won't be able to find a new job?
26th-Jan-2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
The inevitable felony conviction may be a little issue in her next job search, too.
26th-Jan-2008 08:36 am (UTC)
That's got to get you blacklisted or something from hiring agencies.
26th-Jan-2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
"...can I still use you guys as a reference?"
26th-Jan-2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Nice going, dipshit. *headdesk*
27th-Jan-2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Alita/Gally icon love!!
28th-Jan-2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh </i>snap</i>. Ha. Serves her right, too.
11th-Feb-2008 05:40 am (UTC)
I'm ashamed to say I live in the same city as this paragon of human evolution.
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