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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:49 am 
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Reprimand Rescinded for Flatulent Federal Employee
January 11, 2013 1:20 PM

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)- An official reprimand served to a Social Security Administration employee for repeatedly passing gas in the workplace has been rescinded by the agency, according to the Washington Post.

A partially redacted copy of the letter the employee received, dated Dec. 10, was posted online by The Smoking Gun later in the month. The website reported that the worker is a 38-year-old Maryland resident.

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The letter cites several instances of the employee being spoken to by superiors about his flatulence before receiving the official letter. At the first of those meetings in May, a supervisor reportedly told him the flatulence could be the result of a medical problem and referred him to an Employee Assistance Program. At another, he was asked if he could go to the bathroom before passing gas because coworkers were complaining about the smell.

Along with a record of the dates on which supervisors spoke with the man, a list of the dates and times of his flatulence was also included in the reprimand letter. Supervisors calculated that he passed gas 60 separate times between Sept. 7 and Nov. 29. On one September day, 9 separate incidents were recorded.

“The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an obligation to provide professional customer service and in order to provide this service your coworkers must have a comfortable working environment,” the letter said. “As a SSA employee, Management expects you to observe the requirements of courtesy, to be responsible for your own personal and professional conduct, and to refrain from subjecting others to distasteful behavior.”

It called the instances of his flatulence “discourteous, disrespectful, and entirely inappropriate.”

The Washington Post reports that the reprimand was rescinded when senior management became aware of the letter, but that the local union branch could not be reached for comment.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:54 pm 
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What are they making such a big stink about?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:03 pm 
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I do wonder about the person (people) who kept records of every fart.. noted time etc.

Pedantic petty federal officials think that way I guess.

Having said that... if some guy (or gal) is continually making a awful smell at work.... sack him!!!
It is unpleasant as a one off, though has a humorous side... but if it is ongoing it would be disgusting to be forced to work with it.
I am sure he has some control over it... if he claims not.. them require him to wear some sort of diaper that retains his stench.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:31 am 
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They kept a FART LOG?!?!?!?!?!?! That is such a productive use of federal time and money!

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