Monday, April 18, 2016

Alice in the Show-Me State

April 7, 2016

Today’s post sounds like it comes straight from Looking-Glass Land, but it’s real:
A former lobbyist was making interns at the State Capitol nervous with what they felt were inappropriate comments and behavior. In the Old Days (a few months ago), the interns would have been patted on the head and told that a creepy vibe wasn’t enough to get the guy kicked out; but with 2 recent resignations for sexual harassment under its collective belt, the legislature decided to Take Steps. So they got a restraining order against the creepy former lobbyist.

But they couldn’t serve it, because they couldn’t find him. So because they couldn’t find him to tell him to stay away, he can resume what he was doing in the first place—which was showing up where he’s not wanted.

(“I don't understand you,” said Alice. “It's dreadfully confusing!”
“That's the effect of living backwards,” the Queen said kindly: “it always makes one a little giddy at first.”)

But they delivered a letter to his lawyer saying that he has to notify them before he comes around, and has to say exactly where he’s going and how long he’s going to be there. So it’s bizarre, but I suppose it’s something.


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