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Overemployed Man Busted For Using Mouse Jiggler To Work Multiple Jobs At Once

Overemployed Man Busted For Using Mouse Jiggler To Work Multiple Jobs At Once
Overemployed Man Busted For Using Mouse Jiggler To Work Multiple Jobs At Once


In some ways, having multiple lines of employment from home is the perfect scheme, especially since the pandemic turned so many of us from cubicle rats to work-from-home types — pick up multiple remote jobs, stack up multiple salaries and be on the road to financial freedom.

That is unless you end up doing what a man on Reddit did. 

A man was threatened with termination after his boss discovered he was working multiple jobs.

As he shared in a post in the “r/overemployed” subReddit, a forum for people working multiple remote jobs at once, it’s all too easy for the little mistakes you make along the way to start adding up and blow your perfect plan into smithereens. He’d been slipping up along the way for quite some time, but in the end, it was a poorly chosen piece of technology that did him in.

The man got caught using a “mouse jiggler” to make it look like he was actively online at all four of his jobs.

“Mouse jigglers” come in two types — an actual physical piece of equipment that literally jiggles your mouse, and apps or software that keep your computer appearing as if you’re online on things like messaging apps and email. 

The man on Reddit made what now seems to have been the huge mistake of choosing the latter, causing the security team in one of his company’s IT departments to be alerted to him using an app called “caffeine.exe.”

“[My boss] asked me if I had a business purpose for this and I was at a loss for words,” he wrote. And suddenly, the jig was up. “Is this so your computer doesn’t fall asleep?” his boss asked him. Busted. 

His boss presented him with a PIP — a “performance improvement plan,” usually the last stop before being fired at most companies — right there on the spot.

“Apparently the mouse jiggler was the last straw,” he wrote, after a string of mistakes he’d made while trying to juggle his multiple jobs. “I had been missing standups and having ‘thunderstorms’ and ‘power outages’ since I started.”

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