Nothing beats coming home tired after a long day at work, turning on your TV and watching any episode of the all time classic – F.R.I.E.N.D.S to relax. I have watched the entire series more than 5 times, and the gags in the show still make me laugh out loud. And as a fan of the show, I resist the urge of watching the show at any point of my day because it’s incredibly addictive. But, apparently some people have a hard time resisting their binge watching urges.
An ex-employee of Canal Productions(a production company formerly led by actor Robert De Niro) was sued for binge-watching the sitcom, while at work! The company has reportedly filed a suit of a whopping $6 million (approx. Rs. 43.04 crore) for spending her working hours binge watching TV shows.
Chase Robinson, the accused ex-employee joined the company back in 2008 as an assistant. She gradually worked her way up the ladder to reach the position of vice-president of production and finance in the company. As per the suit, her job-role was to look over the employees’ use of company funds. Ironically, she’s been accused of abusing company funds.
The company claims that during a four-day period in January this year, she watched 55 episodes of “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”. On one of those days, she ordered had lunch from Caviar San Francisco and a dinner at Paola’s Restaurant, charging both meals on the company card.
During this binge-watching weekend, the report also stated that Robinson also watched 32 episodes of FRIENDS on a single Saturday – which may not seem that absurd if she wasn’t supposed to be working.all the while she was at her workplace! Aside from that, following her resignation in April 2019, she allegedly wrote a recommendation letter for herself and tried to get De Niro to sign it. I’m not entirely sure if that’s the best way to apologize.
The company lawsuit further states-
“Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment and, on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work.”
But out of all the accusations made against Robinson, the claim regarding binge-watching ‘astounding hours of TV shows on Netflix’ is probably the most absurd – yet that’s what we could most relate to.
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