I hate to even bring this up but it is a relevant topic. Apparently since NCEPT started there has been a 400% jump in hardship requests. Every one heard of the story where someone was allegedly transferred from ZOA to DEN as a trainee because they said they had allergies. What have you seen in terms of hardships? All legit from the ones you heard about in your facility, or are people exaggerating the paperwork, or completely making something up? No names or facilities listed please just the story itself. Also have you ever heard of someone being called out on a fraudulent hardship and what was the result? I'm not against the hardship program but I would like tor see the FAA (and NATCA) audit these hard, making sure they are for real. And then if granted follow the guidelines for placement, which I believe is a move to a reasonable commuting distance to the area you request not jumping more then 3 facility levels, not letting the person just hand pick the specific facility which is seems like is always what happens.