Feds: Flatulent Worker No Problem After All
Social Security officials rescind reprimand against employee
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2013 3:29 PM CST
The Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md., Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – That smell over in cubicle four? Let's not worry about it, Social Security officials have decided. The federal agency had reprimanded an employee last month for allegedly disrupting work "by passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor," reports Today. The letter came with a timestamped log that documented 60 individual gas-passing incidents over a 3-month period—which comes to about nine per day, but that's five fewer than the average person passes.

The worker had apparently told management that lactose intolerance caused the bad gas. "You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions," reads the letter, but "it is my belief that you can control this condition." The letter even reprimands the employee for using a fan, which only caused "the smell to spread." No word on why officials rescinded the reprimand, but the Washington Post reports that senior management made the move immediately upon learning about it. The Smoking Gun first posted the letter last month.

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Jan 16, 2013 7:29 PM CST
Wonder what it smells like in Congress.....the White House.......Where's the Speaker of ............oh, he's in the bathroom. And the ....................oh he's in there too......hmmmmm.......what's that smell????..... They're kicking their ass.....do you mind!......they couldn't agree on the debt limit.
Jan 13, 2013 11:50 AM CST
people fart thats life
Jan 13, 2013 10:27 AM CST
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