The Smoking Gun has posted the formal reprimand of a Social Security Administration worker who apparently stunk up his cubicle so often and so severely that his colleagues refused to work with him and management issued a sanction this month for “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor.”
The five-page reprimand documents the smelly conduct and unsuccessful attempts by management to resolve it, including the man's offer to purchase Gas X or turn on a fan when it happened. (Management declined, saying, "I explained to you that turning on the fan would cause the smell to spread and worsen the air quality in the module.)
The formal reprimand, which The Smoking Gun said was circulated among union leaders, includes a log of each gassy offense from Sept. 7- Nov. 29, detailing to the minute every time his cubicle was fouled. On Sept. 21, for example, the man passed gas at 10:38 a.m., and 1:27 p.m., 1:35 p.m. and 1:49 p.m. On another day, eight offenses were recorded in a five hour period.
Managers began discussing the flatulence as early as May, and though the man offered evidence of a medical condition that affected his work, the reprimand said he offered no evidence of uncontrollable flatulence.
"It is my belief that you can control this condition," management concluded in the reprimand.