Some Cincinnati city workers got a Christmas bonus in their pay packets this week, while others were left short during the gift giving season. A problem with the city’s payroll system meant that some employees had their salary deposited twice into their bank accounts, whereas others received no pay at all. Employees usually get paid on Tuesdays, and according to city spokesperson Meg Olberding, the city was “trying to be nice” by giving employees access to their money before Christmas.
Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Australia, the city’s famous “Nylex” clock will not be telling the time until the new year. According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, corroded electrical circuits somehow caused a software failure, stopping the digital clock. Although the hardware can be fixed, the company responsible for fixing the software is closed for the holidays.
Finally, some people who received Wal-Mart gift cards from Santa have been having problems redeeming them. Some cards did not work at all, while others needed a few attempts before they would be accepted. Wal-Mart blamed the problem on a software glitch with an unnamed supplier who is responsible for verification of the cards.Happy new year to all - see you in 2008.