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Jul 8, 2013 6:27 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates: City Workers Taking Long Breaks on Your Dime

CORPUS CHRISTI - A viewer called in to 6 News to tell us about city workers eating breakfast on your dime.

He says he's been noticing workers from different departments, meeting up at a southside Stripes and taking extra long breaks every morning.

Rick Lilly showed us video and photos of city vehicles parked outside the Stripes and city workers inside, just hanging out.

"We've been seeing it for years," Lilly says.

So we went down there ourselves. Our cameras clocked three city trucks pulling into the Stripes at 8:35 am, and leaving at 9:25 am. They were there for 50 minutes.

"They (people at home) ought to be appalled by this, because they're eating while we're paying for it," Lilly added.

We showed the video and the photos to City Work Coordinator Dean Carr and Water Department Superintendent Michael Olivarez.

"You've got them (on video) for 50 minutes and we definitely need to look into this for sure," Carr says.

We even tried to play devil's advocate, asking about a possible early lunch break, but the city officials said the time doesn't fit.

"They start taking their lunches around 11 to the 1 o'clock area, in that range," Olivarez says.

Now, the city says they're investigating internally. They want to know which workers were in the vehicles and why they were spending so much city time at the Stripes.

Remember, that time is your time too. You pay for it.

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