We’ve been talking about some pretty heavy stuff here at Reason and Politics lately. To lighten things up bit, I present to you: a story about flatulence. Yes, don’t be fooled into thinking this site is so highbrow that a good flatulence story won’t make us laugh. Slate gives us the details:
A 38-year-old Social Security Administration employee was formally reprimanded earlier this month for his “uncontrollable flatulence” that had created a “hostile” and “intolerable” environment for the unfortunate co-workers in his Baltimore office, according to the letter posted online by the Smoking Gun. By “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor” the government worker engaged in “conduct unbecoming a federal officer.”
The difficult-to-believe letter includes a log detailing dates and time when his flatulence was detected, including one day when he passed gas nine times in one day, starting at 9:45 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. The issue was apparently discussed with the employee numerous times over the last few months and at one point he was asked to “make it to the restroom before releasing the awful and unpleasant odor.” Although the employee presented evidence that he suffered from “some medical conditions” the manager who wrote the letter notes that “nothing that you have submitted has indicated that would have uncontrollable flatulence.” The purpose of the reprimand is “to impress upon you the seriousness of your actions,” notes the letter.
The Smoking Gun article gives us even more detail surround his letter of reprimand.
The worker, a 38-year-old Maryland resident, reportedly provided evidence that he suffered from “some medical conditions” that, at times, caused him to be unable to work full days. But a SSA manager noted in the reprimand letter that, “nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition.”