Skiving off takes a whole new level of meaning, when you consider the story of 60 year-old Italian miner Carlo Cani.
Cani recently confessed to La Stampa that he had been bludging for 35 years, since he was first hired as a coal miner at the Carbosulcis coal mine in 1980.
Cani confessed that from the very first day he had dedicated himself to studying the art of skiving: the strategic avoidance of labour.
The lazy miner had been selected to work at the mine by the Santadi employment office, and was not thrilled when contacted by the company, however his coal miner father insisted he accept the position.
Cani said he was petrified with claustrophobia, and fabricated numerous excuses so that he could stay at home and carry on his hobby of playing jazz music.
“I invented everything – amnesia, pains, haemorrhoids,” Cani said.
“I used to lurch around as if I was drunk.
“I bumped my thumb on a wall and obviously you can't work with a swollen thumb.
“Other times I would rub coal dust into my eyes. I just didn't like the work – being a miner was not the job for me.”
Cani was employed until 2006 when he retired on a full pension.
“I reached the pensionable age without hardly ever working. I hated being underground,” he said.
“Right from the start, I had no affinity for coal.”
The surname ‘Cani’ translated to English means ‘dogs’.
In 2012 coal miners at the Carbosulcis mine stole explosives and barricaded themselves inside the mine to protest against its closure.
Miners were reported to have engaged in acts of self-harm before the media.