Social Security struggles with flatulent employee

The agency gives -- and then withdraws -- an official reprimand to one man whose office contributions were anything but helpful.

By Kim Peterson Jan 11, 2013 5:54PM
Image: Office worker (Design Pics/Corbis)Keep your gas to yourself if you work for the federal government.

One particularly flatulent Social Security employee got hit last month with an official reprimand -- which was later retracted -- saying that passing gas was "conduct unbecoming a federal employee."

The letter, which was posted by the Smoking Gun, is probably one of the most uncomfortable reprimands ever written. It describes how the unnamed employee "disrupted the work floor by passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor." The gas was so stinky, according to the Dec. 10 letter, that co-workers complained and apparently refused to work with the offender.

The reprimand is quite extraordinary, especially because it lists the specific dates and times of some 60 gas issuances. Yes, someone actually kept a record, and it looks like that person probably did little else but angrily scrawl additions to that list on days like Sept. 19, 2012, when gas was noticed at 2:42 p.m., 2:52 p.m. and 2:54 p.m.

The reprimand has turned the blogosphere into the gigglesphere this week, causing Social Security to quickly note that the administrative action has been withdrawn. "When senior management became aware of the reprimand it was immediately rescinded," agency spokeswoman Dorothy J. Clark said in an e-mail to The Washington Post.

The employee, reportedly a 38-year-old man, showed bosses evidence that he had medical conditions, according to the memo.

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Tags: Drama
Jan 14, 2013 1:16PM
Sounds like there working in a mine shaft, might be a good idea to have some canaries on hand.
Jan 13, 2013 2:12PM
Perhaps everyone in the office should be issued a haz-mat suit until this problem blows over.
Jan 12, 2013 8:27PM

Best thing to do is treat them like shidt, and ask them if they shidt their pants, AGAIN.....?


Fire with Fire.......


Rude I don't think so ?.....Who fired the first shot ??

Jan 11, 2013 8:56PM
He was just trying to be SOCIAL in his SECURITY government job!
Jan 11, 2013 8:14PM
A muffler with some microfilters would be convenient in these cases, and a desk close to window just to make sure...
Jan 11, 2013 7:59PM
sparkzaflying, considering your post, a very appropriate name, correctly identifies you as what you get when you light a match to what is coming out of that guy's rear end.
Jan 11, 2013 7:31PM

I think that "crop duster's" in the office should be grounded


Jan 11, 2013 7:11PM
Lets get togather fellow Americans and demand the doubling of benefits and the lowering of retirement ages. Our 401ks perform lousy due to hidden fees and incompetent fund managers, Make the greedy insuranc companies who got rich with those hidden fees pay for our Social security.
Jan 11, 2013 6:24PM
Finally a brave citizen voting for their president in the only way possible that can show how the voters were miscounted and the results stink to high heaven
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