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Is this the world's best-paid janitor? Transport cleaner earns £190,000-a-year and bosses 'stand by' huge salary

Mirror logo Mirror 8/02/2017 Steve Robson

Credits: KTVU

Credits: KTVU
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Campaigners in California have discovered a transport janitor is being paid almost £190,000-a-year.

Liang Zhao Zhang earns a generous basic salary of £46,000 a year plus another £11,500 in company benefits as a cleaner for the Bay Area Rapid Transport (BART) system in San Francisco.

But an investigation has uncovered he has also been taking home up to a further £130,000-a-year in overtime payments per year.

Between 2012 and 2015, he was paid a staggering £564,000.

The eye-popping sums were uncovered by Robert Fellner who runs campaign group Transparent California.

He told KTVU : "It’s absolutely outrageous.

"For janitors that’s obscene! It’s unconscionable."

According to time sheets, Zhang was paid for work every single day of 2015, including weekends.

Most days he also worked overtime.

In the month of July, he worked 20 hours a day for 18 days straight, the records show.

"Super human!' Mr Fellner added.

"The average reaction to that is ‘How is that possible?'"

But when questioned, Zhang's bosses stood by his extraordinary work record and pay.

BART Chief Transportation Officer Roy Aguilera said Zhang simply never refuses overtime.

He highlighted that some of the work he does - cleaning up areas used by homeless people where there is urine, faeces and needles - no other staff want to take on.

Mr Aguilera told KTVU: "People are not raising their hands and saying, ‘I want some of that overtime.’

"Mr. Zhang has said 'yes'. he’s worked hard, he’s completed his assignments, so I stand by the work he’s done."

KTVU claims BART has never carried out an audit of Zhang's work record

The TV station also claims a sample of CCTV footage shows Zhang disappearing into a closet for hours at a time during his shifts.

Zhang is not the only janitor earning megabucks.

There were at least 49 janitors who took home more than £80,000 in 2015.


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