Check out this video of a San Francisco city "worker" on Stanley Robert's investigative reporting segment, People Behaving Badly. The "worker" takes 2 hour, coffee breaks every morning, does no visible labor and sleeps in his truck. Since the story broke on television, the City is going to give the "worker" a "hearing." What do you bet he keeps his "job?" In any private, non union company, his tax payers' dollar wastin' ass would be out on the street looking for a new "job" the same day.
We have quite a few of the same type of workers here. We had public works guys who would go to the gym and the movies and bars during work hours and would give homeless people a few bucks to pick up trash around the parks. One of the gardeners ratted the guys out and they made death threats against him. One of the guys who was ratted out was a co-worker of mine's brother, whose nickname around town is "Murder Man." He was telling his sister he was, "For real, seriously going to kill the other worker." Nobody was fired over the incidents.