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Indifference, indolence on work crews

Supervision lacking, some staffers report

Halfway through the four-hour community service shift on a raw, drizzling morning, the dozen probationers had done only 45 minutes of work, indifferently collecting trash with long pickup tools along a highway exit ramp.

Suddenly, their state supervisor introduced a sense of urgency. It was time for a midmorning break.

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