A Winnipeg woman who snapped photos of two city workers sleeping by their mowers is upset taxpayers could be paying for their midday nap.

Darlene Beaumont took the photos last week in Green Valley Bay Park, in the East Kildonan neighbourhood. She said her boyfriend first saw them snoozing just after 11:30 a.m., and when she checked an hour later, she saw them still dozing.

"I just thought like, what are they even doing back here when the grass was already cut four days prior?" she said.

So she took the photos.

It wasn't until 1:30 p.m. that Beaumont saw them starting to get up.

"I'm paying, our city taxes are paying for this — and this is what they're doing. It's not fair for us to pay for this," Beaumont said. "And the grass didn't even look like it was cut after they were even here."

Another Winnipegger, Stephanie Carson, also said she saw the workers sleeping.

"It was weird that they were just sleeping, and it looked like they were trying to hide themselves by the trees and the fence," said Carson.

Brennon Peters, who lives nearby, also spotted them. He wasn’t impressed.

"There’s a lot of people looking for jobs that are willing to work, and they’re not getting the jobs, and there’s people like that just sitting there doing nothing," said Peters.

A city spokesperson told CBC News, "We are not able to accommodate an interview," but confirmed city staff were involved.

"Although these incidents are rare, we take these matters very seriously and are taking appropriate action," the spokesperson said. "We cannot discuss personnel matters publicly."

Union president Mike Davidson of CUPE Local 500 says he is waiting to hear the results of the investigation but said 99 per cent of CUPE workers do their jobs well every day without any issues.


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