An Australian machinist who wanted time off work to look for another job placed a notice in a newspaper paper announcing the death of his father.

But the bizarre quest for "bereavement leave" backfired when the father of 26-year-old Jason Miller complained to police that news of his death was premature, the Sydney Daily Telegraph said Tuesday.Reporting on a court case in the New South Wales city of Newcastle, north of Sydney, the newspaper said Miller had wanted some time off from his job at Newcastle Lampworks.

So he paid $10.20 on May 22 to put a death notice in the Newcastle Herald newspaper saying his father, Paul, would be a "much missed, father, grandfather and friend."

The next day his father bumped into an old friend who had just seen the death notice, and the ruse was discovered.