Sick leave faker caught on Facebook

Facebook LogoThis is a true event happening in a telecommunication company (AAPT) in Sydney, Australia.

Kyle Doyle, an employee of AAPT, was calling in sick on Thursday, 21st October 2008. His employer was asking him for a medical certificate to prove that he was truly being sick.

Below were the communication emails between the two that I got from a friend. I’ve replaced his employer’s name with an initial, to protect his identity, just in case :) (I’ve also removed all contact details attached on the email signatures).

From N (his employer):
Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:35 a.m.
To: Kyle Doyle
Subject: Absence on Thursday 21st 2008
Hi Kyle,
Please provide a medical certificate stating a valid reason for your sick leave on Thursday 21st 2008.
Thank You

From Kyle Doyle:
Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:38 a.m.
To: Niresh Regmi
Subject: RE: Absence on Thursday 21st 2008


1 day leave absences do not require a medical certificate as stated in my contract, provided I have stated that I am on leave for medical reasons.

From N:
Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:39 a.m.
To: Kyle Doyle
Subject: RE: Absence on Thursday 21st 2008

Hi Kyle,
Usually that is the case, as per your contract. However please note that leave during these occasions is only granted for genuine medical reasons. You line manager has determined that your leave was not due to medical reasons and as such we cannot grant leave on this occasion.

From Kyle Doyle:
Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:43 a.m.
To: N
Subject: RE: Absence on Thursday 21st 2008

Hi N,
My leave was due to medical reasons, so you cannot deny leave based on a line manager’s discretion, with no proof, please process leave as requested.

From N:
Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:50 a.m.
To: Kyle Doyle
Subject: RE: Absence on Thursday 21st 2008

Hi Kyle,
I believe the proof that you are after is below

Kyle Doyle Facebook


All I can say is: BUSTED! lol. But I guess, this guy has become popular now because of his stupidity :)
It’s on the Melbourne’s newspaper article as well (The Age) that you can read here: Sickie faker busted by Facebook.

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  • Maria

    Lol! That’ll teach him (and the rest of us) to play hookie again! Or at least leave a stupid status update like that!

  • Michael Aulia

    lol yeah.. and that’s another reason why you shouldn’t add your boss to Facebook :D

  • Pablo

    hehe, it’s a funny story but i’m not sure is boss needs to be friends with him to know the status updateof his FB.
    The sorry could be true, he is on facebook and most of his friends are from Australia.

  • bbrian017

    omg what an idiot!

    this is too funny

  • Geoserv


    He needs to adjust his privacy settings on Facebook so only friends can see his status from now on.

  • Jani

    :D OMG human stupidity always amazes me…

  • Feabionsu

    Yep, I saw this on Nudgeville yesterday! xD Hilarious, though I must say, a LOT of other sites have revealed full names and email details and the picture without any black-outs, so I’m sure if you don’t do it as well no one’s going to kill you! :-) Of course, it’s better to be cautious, but I’m just saying I already found 5 or 6 websites that show all the info. Also, think of it this way – it’s their own fault this got online. And since this is a two-person conversation, the only way we could’ve found out about it was if one of the people posted it. So they all knew the consequences there…

  • Michael Aulia

    @Pablo: Well I think you need to, especially if you can see the date of birth (on the screenshot)

    @Geoserv: Thanks for the stumble! :)

    @Feabionsu: I’d say it’s the guy who made the email available online and (again), didn’t think of the consequences posting the email signatures too.. if he is, that guy is so fired lol

  • wiehanne

    lol.. the power of facebook and internet..

  • Deimos Tel`Arin

    [Sprung and with no room left to move, Doyle replied to the boss: “HAHAHA LMAO [laughing my ass off] epic fail. No worries man.”]

    This one made my day, thanks for sharing. :)

  • Dwayne

    What a idiot. Sounds like something my brother would do.

  • fragileheart

    Hahahahahahaha That’s hilarious!!

  • Ann Arbor Web Design

    LOL! If you are going to be dishonest at least learn to cover your tracks properly! What a dumbass!

  • Eva White

    That’s hillarious!

  • uaq

    haha LOL noob is what i call him HAHA, i would never give my boss my FB

  • http://www.techtola.ccom Quakeboy

    Where on earth do they have such clever bosses ?? cool trap

    and Mike great job by not hiding the employers name in Kyle’s replies… lol.. check out again…

    From Kyle Doyle:
    Sent: Wednesday, 27 August 2008 9:43 a.m.
    To: N********
    Subject: RE: Absence on Thursday 21st 2008

  • Michael Aulia

    Argh… thanks Quakeboy.. Just re-edited the post and your comment..

    Although as Feabionsu said, you can find the name anywhere on the net anyway :)

  • Dennis Edell

    Not too clever, this has been on the news for months…employers and everyone else is gathering info from social networks…don’t do it LOL

  • Bob

    Lol, busted, being a manager myself I would love to catch someone like this, our company blocks social networking sites, sucks, this would be a good reason to unblock.

  • Freida

    What a dork!lol I can’t believe he didn’t think he would get caught? Great story – thanks for the giggle! :0)

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    For sure, this guy isn’t smarter than the average bear. Sure, this may have made him famous, but he is famous as an idiot!

    • Michael Aulia

      Well, if he was the one who spread his own email to the internet, then I guess it doesn’t matter for him

  • martha

    seriously an Idiot…

  • Jailhouselawyer

    Hey! I think that you should cut this Kyle guy a bit of slack. Although he wasn’t thinking too clearly about covering his tracks, you have to admit that under the circumstances, a lucid manager would recognize that he was in no shape to perform his duties, and would be doing the company a favour by taking some recuperation time. I think that both parties showed a lack of foresight.

    They are both BUSTED!

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  • Constance

    I think you forgot to replace the name with an ‘N’ in the second email. It’s in the To: section.

  • Nenz

    he needs to say sorry for his stupidity!