Dodgy Software Jailed UK Post Office EmployeesAdded: Friday, July 12th, 2013
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The British Post Office has recently confessed that faulty software has wrongly prosecuted its employees for theft and even forced some of those to pay back what they didn’t steal. Over 100 employees confirm that they were wrongly prosecuted or made to repay money after PCs made non-existent shortfalls – as a result, some of the staff have lost their homes and others were jailed – all because of the software cock-up.
In response, the Post Office explained that according to an internal report, its system was effective, but better training and support was still needed. However, that’s not what independent investigators said after taking a look at the software. The experts said that despite the fact there was no evidence of systemic problems with the core software, it still had bugs. For example, one of those bugs led to shortfalls of up to £9,000 at 76 branches – fortunately, the Post Office later made good those losses, so the sub-postmasters weren’t held responsible.
At the same time, in other cases the problem has mostly been with sub-postmasters running the smaller post offices in the United Kingdom and not directly employed by the Post Office. Those had to balance their books through the Post Office’s Horizon computer system that processes all transactions. It has been for years that sub-postmasters claimed they have been wrongly accused of theft after their PCs notified them of shortages up to thousands of pounds.
Thus, the postmasters had to pay up the missing amounts, lost their contracts and even went to jail. The experts explained that the Post Office’s initial investigation couldn’t at first identify the root cause of the trouble, saying that more help should have been given to sub-postmasters having no way to defend themselves. At the moment, some of the postmasters are thinking of suing.
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Friday, July 12th, 2013
|Feel so sad for the employees. Now can the government officials come in front and say sorry? Can they pay them £'s? I am sure they can but they won't.|
|posted by (2013-07-13 03:04:47)|
|number one the post office is making a profit and 2 let them sue the government if it had been an mp they would get a golden hand shake|
|THEY SO QUICK TO START POINTING THERE FINGERS|
|The question now remains.... what happens to those who lost their homes are the government going to sort that out? It is a traumatic event losing your home and has a financial ripple effect that can last for years, not to mention the stress on family members. This could have lead some people in divorce court, penniless and no means to employ lawyers to sue..... what happens to them?|
|No wonder so many postal workers go... postal.|
|this is shocking , the guys who were jailed should be seeking extensive compensation||
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