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Gotta fart? I'm sorry, but I'll have to reprimand you for that.....
by cjsbmom
January 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

 Oh. My. Bob. I laughed so hard I nearly peed myself when I read this story. I had a coworker a few years back who had serious gas issues. Sadly, we had to suffer through it.

 

  

 

Flatulent federal worker's reprimand is rescinded

A redacted copy of the SSA flatulence reprimand letter was posted to The Smoking Gun website.

 

By Ben Popken, TODAY contributor

It sounds like a "Dilbert" cartoon come to life, but the Social Security Administration has taken back a reprimand it gave to an employee who was written up for "passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor" that created a "hostile work environment."

 

The official charge was "Conduct unbecoming a Federal employee." More specifically, "On September 7, 2012, and continuing, you disrupted the work floor by passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor."

 

A copy of the letter, along with a picture of the employee at an amusement park standing next to an actor in a Pepe Le Pew costume, was published on TheSmokingGun.com.

 

The letter included a timestamped log accurate to the minute, documenting 60 separate-gas passing incidents from the employee in his office in three months, or about 9 per day.

 

The average person passes gas 14 times per day.

 

Medical conditions such as Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and lactose intolerance, can cause sufferers to have chronic gas problems. The employee told management he was lactose intolerant.

 

"You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions," the letter read, "however, nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition."

 

Several of the employee's coworkers in the "module," or work area, had complained to management about the smell. A supervisor, Deputy Division Director and a Module Manager all spoke with the employee on separate occasions about his need to control his flatulence.

 

"You said that you would try to pass gas and that you would turn your fan on when it happens," the Module Manager wrote of a discussion that took place on May 18, 2012. "I explained to you that turning on the fan would cause the smell to spread and worsen the air quality in the module."

 

On August 14th the employee promised to purchase "Gas X" in order to limit his gas output.

 

Another incident, dated August 15th, noted "you have continued to release the odor and it has become intolerable to work in the module creating a hostile work environment for all your coworkers."

 

The letter quoted guidelines from the "Annual Personnel Reminder" and "2012 SSA/AFGE National Agreement" which the Module Manager claimed the employee had violated, including "courtesy and consideration while dealing with coworkers" and "refrain from coercive, intimidating, loud or abusive behavior."

 

If the "misconduct" was continued after the reprimand letter, it could lead to "more severe disciplinary action...including, removal from federal service."

 

Reached for comment, SSA spokesperson Mark Hinkle told TODAY, "A reprimand was issued to the employee; however, when senior management became aware of the reprimand it was rescinded on December 17, 2012. The agency cannot comment further due to privacy concerns. "

 

 

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  • krysstizzle
    January 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM
    I am so over farts. My 11yo has been obsessed with his flatulence for years now. Jiminy, I hate farts.
  • futureshock
    January 11, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    lol

    I wonder what is wrong with the flatulent person?


    Quote:

    "You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions," the letter read, "however, nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition."

  • futureshock
    January 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM


    Quoting lga1965:

     Oh how embarassing....but unavoidable. I'm glad they took that back but since it was already out there, I feel sorry for that poor employee who couldn't help it.

    But how do we know this person couldn't help it?


    Quote:

    You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions," the letter read, "however, nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition."

  • cjsbmom
    by cjsbmom
    January 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM

     What I find arrogant is the supervisor's belief that he is a qualified medical doctor who can determine whether this guy's farts are controllable. LOL

    Quoting futureshock:

    lol

    I wonder what is wrong with the flatulent person?


    Quote:

    "You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions," the letter read, "however, nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition."

     

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    January 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM

     

    Quoting futureshock:


    Quoting lga1965:

     Oh how embarassing....but unavoidable. I'm glad they took that back but since it was already out there, I feel sorry for that poor employee who couldn't help it.

    But how do we know this person couldn't help it?

     

    Quote:

    You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions," the letter read, "however, nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition."

     So, are you hinting that the guy farted on purpose? LOL.

    Oh dear.

  • opal10161973
    January 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    OH WOW!  If we could really do this, dutch ovens would be so much more fun!  LOL

    Quoting LindaClement:

    Yeah, 'cause people pre-select the odour of their farts before releasing them...

    Of course they do.


  • tambrathegreat
    January 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    "You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions," the letter read, "however, nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition."


    I'd love to know how to do that.  I told my husband the other day that I wasn't 48, I was farty eight.  With age comes great flatulence, I think.

  • jlo1313
    by jlo1313
    January 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    This X2!!!!  I actually just had a "REALLY?????" directed at one of my children every 5 minutes tonight.

    Quoting krysstizzle:

    I am so over farts. My 11yo has been obsessed with his flatulence for years now. Jiminy, I hate farts.


  • MrsImperfect
    January 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM
    If they think thats bad they would of fired my husband. Everyone knows how bad his gas is omg. Ive even been told people feel sorry for ME.
  • cjsbmom
    by cjsbmom
    January 12, 2013 at 8:14 AM

     And I thought it was bad that my 7 year old was obsessed with burping. I'll take that over farting any day.

    Quoting jlo1313:

    This X2!!!!  I actually just had a "REALLY?????" directed at one of my children every 5 minutes tonight.

    Quoting krysstizzle:

    I am so over farts. My 11yo has been obsessed with his flatulence for years now. Jiminy, I hate farts.


     

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