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Official fired for talking on her mobile phone

Published: 20 Nov 2010 15:16 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Nov 2010 15:16 GMT+01:00

A local education official from southern Sweden has been sacked after she disclosed sensitive information about colleagues during mobile phone conversations which were easily overheard by others.

On more than one occasion in recent weeks Bodil Karsvall, the head of the child and youth administration in Karlskrona municipality, was overheard gossiping about school employees on her mobile phone when riding on a train.

In one instance, Karsvall spoke openly to the principal about a teacher, mentioning the teacher by name and discussing details about the teacher’s personal life, well within earshot of fellow passengers, the local Blekinge Läns Tidning (BLT) reports.

Someone who overheard the conversation, the tone of which was described as “mocking”, alerted municipal officials about Karsvall’s lack of discretion.

Shortly after the incident, the local teachers' union announced it had "lost confidence" in Karsvall.

“She’s not going to work as the head of schools if the staff doesn’t have any confidence in her,” local union chair Hans Bengtsson told Sveriges Radio (SR) last week.

The union in turn urged municipal leaders to take action, and on Friday Karlskrona municipality announced that Karsvall’s time as a city leader was over.

“The political leadership of Karlskrona municipality no longer has confidence in Bodil Karsvall in her role as head of child and youth administration,” the municipality said in a statement.

“Bodil Karsvall will leave her job as an administrative head as soon as terms for her departure are negotiated.”

In a message to colleagues, Karsvall said the decision was “really sad and not what I wanted”, the local Sydöstran newspaper reported.

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16:34 November 20, 2010 by StockholmSam
Oh, poor Bodil. Was this not what you wanted? Boo hoo, b1tch. Too many people like this are in positions of authority and they fly under the radar. Glad to see her get the boot for such unprofessional behavior.
16:56 November 20, 2010 by Boyfriend
Sorry for that lady but we all know that Gossip is the worst thing.

Gossip sins in Islam.

Qur'an: "O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah, verily, Allah is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful." (49: 12)
19:48 November 20, 2010 by Swedesmith
Loose lips sink ships.
20:36 November 20, 2010 by Wertyx
Ironically, it seems she was a good "the head of the child and youth" by acting like one.

I find lack of professionalism to be something very common in Sweden, and for once it was sanctioned.
20:39 November 20, 2010 by spo10
good riddance!
22:22 November 20, 2010 by wxman
Remember, the Gestapo is never very far away.
23:08 November 20, 2010 by StockholmSam
@wxman

it wasn't the gestapo. It was public citizens that did the right thing. Reread the article for better understanding.
05:12 November 21, 2010 by jackx123
i would certainly report anyone gossiping using public assets, tax payer's money. Why pay fat salaries to this kind of behavior. However, a certain party leader, recently resigned, NEVER got the sack for indiscretion or misuse of public funds.

Go figure.........
13:56 November 21, 2010 by hilt_m
This smells of a stitch up to me, a public citizen just happens to over hear these conversations on several occasions and happens to recognize this person and goes out of their way to report it, and knows exactly who to report to...
15:01 November 21, 2010 by Puffin
It is amazing the way that people shout their business and company secrets into their mobile phones in trains loud enough for the whole carriage to hear. Or perhaps an MP barking orders at his junior staff

Or several colleagues may have a loud business meeting in the carriage - not so long ago there was a group of lawyers discussing their strategy for an appeal case.

And often they also leave all their confidential papers lying about even if they are travelling on one of those shared tables company business plans, legal documents, government papers ......

If anyone want a career in business espionage all you really need to do in Sweden is to buy a 1st class ticket ....
18:44 November 21, 2010 by wxman
Hilt_m understands this a little better, I think, than you do Stockholm Sam.
21:08 November 21, 2010 by normankeena
23:08 November 20, 2010 by StockholmSam @wxman

13:56 November 21, 2010 by hilt_m

sad fact: both written and unwritten norms, change

place to place , time to time

same place and same time too.

on your way to work tomorrow, ye may not be aware of what you believe now

it will effect you. don't ye think !

very long propaganda

http://cms.mit.edu/news/2010/11/video_communications_forum_civ.php
22:05 November 22, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@stockholmsam: #7 that's what the STASI used to tell the East Germans
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