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The Benefits of Globalization: Man Outsources Own Job to China

The last several presidential campaigns have seen increasing angst over the outsourcing of American jobs to lower-wage locales such as China and Southeast Asia. One enterprising software coder, however, took advantage of this new era of liberal labor rules by outsourcing his own job to China:

A security audit of a US critical infrastructure company last year revealed that its star developer had outsourced his own job to a Chinese subcontractor and was spending all his work time playing around on the internet....

After getting permission to study Bob's computer habits, Verizon investigators found that he had hired a software consultancy in Shenyang to do his programming work for him, and had FedExed them his two-factor authentication token so they could log into his account. He was paying them a fifth of his six-figure salary to do the work and spent the rest of his time on other activities.

The analysis of his workstation found hundreds of PDF invoices from the Chinese contractors and determined that Bob's typical work day consisted of:

9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos

11:30 a.m. – Take lunch

1:00 p.m. – Ebay time

2:00-ish p.m – Facebook updates, LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. – End-of-day update e-mail to management

5:00 p.m. – Go home

Not only did "Bob" outsource his own job -- he took jobs at other firms and outsourced them as well. He is now out of a job. Truly, globalization giveth and globalization taketh away.