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Tenn. Employees Buy Time Off Work, Cost Taxpayers Big Money

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- More than 100 employees in Shelby County, Tenn., are enjoying paid time off of work for donating money to charity.

Otice Jackson, the General Sessions Court Clerk for the county, offered employees a paid day off for every $50 dollars they donated to the United Way. Not only did employees jump on the deal, but the 100 workers racked up a total of 296 United Way bonus days for 2011.
The vacation time, however, didn't come cheap for taxpayers. The approximately $23,000 in donations to the United Way will end up costing taxpayers $63,000 in wages.

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