Wednesday, October 26, 2005

At work?

Have any of you ever gone on your computer at work and ventured off to a site that would not be appropriate for work? Come on, admit it! Well, Jim West, the Mayor of Spokane Washington does not want to admit it… even though there are 1,800 files (at least half of them, photos) on his, city-owned computer proving it.

City Councilwoman, Cherie Rodgers said, “From what I've been told by a city attorney, the mayor's computer contains pornographic pictures and probably very sexually descriptive correspondence with people he met on chat lines with his City Hall computer.”

West is going to court to try to stop the release of the dirty photographs and the transcripts of the chats found on his official computer.

Hmmmm…I wonder what possessed him to do this on his computer AT WORK?

26 comments:

Justice said...

Some people are just really stupid. I think he falls into that category.

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Kay Ray said...

I have seen it done at my company before and the culprit was this guy who is a STRONG STRONG christian who usually preaches to people about God/Jesus etc... He got caught and had some religous excuse...(Devil made me do it)

People are dumb... GET A LAPTOP AND SIT IN YOUR CAR if your that hard up during the day Geeze :)

Saur♥Kraut said...

Yeah, the same thing happened in Clearwater, FL (a major tourist town in FL). You just gotta wonder: Public Servants - How Dumb ARE They?

Lee Ann said...

Justice ~ No kidding!

Kay Ray ~ (no pun intended, right?) hahaha

saurkraut ~ Hey! Thanks for stopping by! I wondered that same thing! Come by again.

Calzone said...

What an idiot..Why doesn't he just have affairs like the rest of us.

(Lee Ann...call me baby.)

hotboy said...

I almost never do work at work on my computer. Fancy working at work? They'd have to pay me a lot more for any of that. The dope should say the dope got him into this regrettable habit and with people's understanding, kindness and help, he can overcome this terrible addiction to ... waving? Hotboy

Lee Ann said...

Hey Calzone ~ ooooh baby!

Hotboy ~ "waving" haha He apparently has an addiction, bad...I mean, if he can't wait 'til he gets home....our taxes are going for that!!!!

mojoala said...

All the time!

Lee Ann said...

Mojo ~ do you work for the government like this guy? Haha, you bad boy you!

jiggs said...

By the way Lee Ann, I'm at work now!

Also I'm working on the survey. But it's so hard! My brain is melting!

Lee Ann said...

Jiggs ~ I am sorry you are at work now. Hope you have a good one...don't melt!

Neo said...

Lee Ann - Yup, it's official the guy is a tool.

:)

John Bryson said...

What else is he gonna do at work?

BeckEye said...

Uh, I just quit my job today!

Yes, it was kind of stupid but I was either going to quit, get fired or climb to the roof of the building and start picking people off with a high-powered rifle. I'm sure I'll find something. Even if I have to go work at Hooters!

Lee Ann said...

Neo ~ Huh? haha

mad hatter ~ hmmmm....you and mojo, you bad boy!! ;)

BeckEye ~ Oh crap! I don't know the circumstances, but it must have been worth it. That is a drag to be doing something you don't enjoy, or because of co-workers, or whatever. I mean, we spend so much of our life at work, we need to enjoy it, right? Good luck, wish I could help in some way. I doubt you will have trouble finding something.

Dave Morris said...

I work from home. Sometimes I want to audit my OWN internet habits, write myself a warning memo for my employee file and maybe suspend myself for a few days. With pay, of course.

Okay, now back to www.spankmewithafish.com.

PS - I'm WAITING PATIENTLY for your second HNT post... would you please hurry up??

robmcj said...

HB - you talking to me?

LA - good one, I hadn't spotted that pun (and neither perhaps had she).

At work this week I clicked on a link that a mischievous friend had emailed me. It was to a photo that was very funny but way beyond pornographic. I spent the next hour trying to find where it was stored on the hard drive and blasting it into its individual electrons. I woke up sweating that night, I could see the headlines - "teacher loses job over obscene images on work PC".

So it can happen innocently. Not 1800 times though.

The remedy is never to do personal email or browsing at work, but who has the willpower for that?

robmcj said...

dave - thanks for the reminder to all HNTers, I'd forgotten and it's already Friday here.

ticharu said...

I love how the people who are in charge of things are such complete morons, and how they lack any sense or self control, it really fills me with confidence. You know it's like that top to bottom. If it's not porn it's something else. Why would you even run for office if your closet was full of deceit. I don't understand the motivation.

Lee Ann said...

Dave ~ I don't blame you! That is the right idea :)

Rob ~ That is so true. You cannot help but open your email, even at work. I too, have been the victim of a bad email at work.

Tich ~ You are absolutely right. Do they think that no one will find out what their closet contains? haha

Brooks said...

The funniest part of this story is that this mayor has been very anti-gay in the past as far as his political standings. My parents live in Missoula, MT and Spokane is the nearest big city so and they keep up with news from that area.

Here is a link to the the angle of the story I mentioned:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/223201_west06.html

Lee Ann said...

echeevo72 ~ That is hilarious! Isn't there some saying about "...casting the first stone..."? hahaha

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Brooks said...

I always find it amazing that so many people, including elected officials in high places, are brilliant enough to use their work computers for personal pleasures that go way beyond spider solitaire. West is obviously not the first, nor the last to get caught up in this tangled digital web. I am convinced that many FEMA workers and employees of the state of Louisiana were in a Pac Man tournament before Hurricane Katrina tore the roof off the sucker.

Rob Seifert said...

LMAO! I panic every time this happens accidentally when I'm on MY laptop at school on the school network. I would never think to do that sort of thing at work. Not that I begrudge anyone who has the guts to try - I simply have a degree in computer science and I'm here to tell you, ain't nothin' private!

RCS