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Employer sacks woman for office time obesity op

A woman in Österlen in southern Sweden has been sacked for taking time off work to go through with corrective surgery against the wishes of her employer.

Employer sacks woman for office time obesity op

The woman, who is in her late twenties, recently went through gastric bypass surgery and started to lose weight at a rapid pace, according to local paper Skånskan.

The weight loss in turn led to a series of complications with the superfluous skin, which did not shrink as fast as the woman’s girth and subsequently became infected and full of painful sores.

However, according to the paper the woman received a call from her physician at the beginning of the summer promising her an operation a week or so later, as there had been a cancellation.

The woman jumped at the chance of having her superfluous skin removed and agreed, informing her employer that she would need to have a few days off.

But when she reminded her employer of the planned absence the day before surgery, he told her that she could under no conditions have the time off.

Not able to cancel at such short notice, the woman went ahead with the procedure anyway, only to be told afterwards that there was no need for her to return to work.

After several weeks of negotiations with her employers regarding notice period, holiday pay, and whether or not she had been fired, the woman decided to take her former place of work to court and sued her employer for damages to the value of 155,000 kronor ($23,469).

However, according to Skånskan, the employer is of the opinion that it was a question of a “privately funded beauty operation” and that they were in the right to sack her on “personal grounds”.

The matter was eventually settled outside of court when the employer agreed to pay the woman 82,500 kronor in damages.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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