No kidding! You can get paid for sleeping. The catch is you must be black, or at least half black.

An employee where I work had been taking regular naps on the job. Many of us complained – to no avail. He had been wasting copious amounts of company time doing nothing constructive. Many of us complained – to no avail. This had been going on for years and, as far as the rest of us could tell, nothing was ever done about it. As you can imagine, this had a negative impact on morale. Outsiders would see him sleeping and laugh at our department. “What kind of company allows its employees to sleep?” they would ask. But nothing was done.

Then everything changed. Said black employee chose to take his nap when the most powerful bigwigs in the company paid us a visit. There was some whispering and, shortly thereafter, the employee was fired. He was not fired for being worthless. He was not fired for sleeping on the job. He was fired for doing so in front of important people. All of the rest of us know why he got away with it for so long, and it had nothing to do with his work skills.

At least one thing can be said for him: He had a dream. Probably quite a few of them in fact.

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