Court reporter fired for repeatedly typing ‘I hate my job’ instead of trial testimony

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Well, we’ve all been there.

The unhappy antics of Daniel Kochanski, a court reporter in Manhattan, is “wreaking havoc” on over thirty court cases and officials are scrambling to repair the damage. Sources told The NY Post that during several high-profile criminal trials, Kochanski spent his time repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue.

One high-level source said Kochanski’s “gibberish” may have jeopardized several convictions. It may give criminals the chance to claim that crucial evidence is missing in their cases.

If this sounds kind of familiar, you’ve probably seen The Shining.

And in a scene right out of 1980’s “The Shining,” where Jack Nicholson’s off-the-rails writer repeatedly types “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” a source said of Kochanski: “He hit random keys or wrote, ‘I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,’ over and over.”

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office arrested Kochanski not long after his ramblings were discovered and forced him to try to make sense of his shorthand typing.

“Oh, ok, right there is says ‘I hate my job.’ You’re welcome. Can I go now?”

Rogue court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job’ [NY Post]

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