Court Reporter Botches Transcripts: Writes ‘Hate My Job’ & Damages 30 Cases

hangoverIf you hate your job, please oh please don’t put it in writing.

Here’s what went down — according to The New York Post, a court stenographer based in New York City kind of botched his own work. Instead of typing normal content during a criminal trial he decided to type, “I hate my job.” Repeatedly.

Needless to say, Daniel Kochanski has been fired but his botched transcripts impacted 30 court cases and now court officials need to pick up the pieces. According to one source, his “gibberish” typing may have seriously made an impact on convictions.

Per the piece, one source revealed the transcripts should have been simply “questions and answers.”

If there’s anything we can learn from this wacky tale it’s the ability to refrain. Do not share that you hate your job. If you truly despise it, do something constructive by talking openly and honestly to your manager about how to improve your situation.

And definitely don’t let it impact your work or work ethic for that matter. One source indicated, “I never had a situation where a single court reporter was responsible for so much damage.” Ouch.

Publish date: April 3, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT