London, May 2 (ANI): After a joke email about Viagra was circulated with an explicit picture attached to it, it cost taxpayers in a seaside town more than 14,000 pounds.
Bournemouth Council is said to have spent 14,100.17 pounds paying 15 employees to stay at home, after the Viagra email, as council chiefs checked some of the staff's email accounts.
Messages that were found from the inboxes were deemed to be pornographic or racist.
The emails were those of social workers, occupational therapists and secretarial staff, and they were among those kept off for a week or two weeks from late February to early March, with one employee kept at home for 16 days.
When they were allowed back to work, they faced disciplinary hearings, management advice and guidance.
"These council employees have behaved in a manner that is wholly inappropriate," the Sun quoted Susie Squire, campaign manager for the TaxPayers' Alliance, as saying.
"It's absolutely right to discipline them but there's no reason it should have cost taxpayers quite so much.
"It seems like a very long time to clear up quite a straightforward case," she added.
The cost came to light following a freedom of information request. (ANI)