Most of my crews work alone, so I place a good amount of trust in them, So when I find someone who is reliable I usually put him by himself. Well today I was on my rounds, and I had been noticing that one employee's work had began to slide. His production had dropped off in the last couple of days so I decided to pay him a visit. Called the office and got his run list for the day and figured I would go out and work with him for a couple of hours and try to get him a little more motivated. I pulled up to find his wife and little son having a picnic at 3:00 pm in the backyard of a house. Seems that he left the shop and has been going home to pick up his family and take them with him throughout the day!!!!!!!!!! Not to mention in a company truck with my Gas and my equipment ( not to mention the liability issues).. I didn't know what to say. He said that he was sorry, and that he would take them home, and finish his rounds. He also admitted to doing this for the past week!!!! He thought that it was okay and didn't see why it was such a big deal. WTF!!!!!! got his keys and locked truck and trailer up. I should of made him walk home, but felt sorry for his wife and kid. called them a cab... Man, sometimes ya got to wonder what people are thinking. I have had my fair share of employee screw ups, but this takes the award.