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Brickbat: It's a Gas, Gas, Gas

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An audit has found nearly 60 former Sacramento, California, city employees, including 18 former police officers, continued to use their city IDs to get free gasoline after leaving city employment. All told, they took some 10,000 gallons of fuel. Records show that the fleet management division was informed the employees had retired, resigned or been fired but did not revoke their access to city fuel pumps. Officials say they are taking steps to stop this from happening again, including installing surveillance cameras. No word on whether the former employees who took the gas will face charges or whether the employees who didn't revoked their pump access will face any punishment.

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  1. The public sector is always true and good which is why we can increasingly depend on them to police the corrupt and horrible private sector.

    1. The same private sector where ID badges, logins, etc are deactivated the moment you stop working at a place?

      The difference is simple: in the private sector, any money lost comes right out of the bottom line. In the public sector, it’s always other people’s money, so what do they care?

      1. “The same private sector where ID badges, logins, etc are deactivated the moment you stop working at a place?”

        I can’t even go to my company’s HQ without activating my badge. And it is automatically deactivated at the end of the day I leave.

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    1. I’d rather have the gra$$ or a$$.

  2. Quick math has that at about 160 gallons per former employee. That’s only ten fill-ups. And that fuel was needed to drive to the bank to deposit pension checks.

    1. Thus a job-related expense!

  3. Wait, I thought gasoline had been outlawed in Cali!

    These people are double-plus ungood.

  4. “No word on whether the former employees who took the gas will face charges or whether the employees who didn’t revoked their pump access will face any punishment.”
    My money is on ‘no’.

    1. “My money” is literally true only if you live the area

      1. Unlike socialists, when I say “my money”, I mean “my money”. Literally. As in my pocket or bank account.
        (of course, there is a small question about the bank account, depending on the next election)

        1. I meant the tax money stolen by these clowns.

  5. Officials say they are taking steps to stop this from happening again, including installing surveillance cameras.

    Surveillance cameras?? WTF? How about charging them with 1st degree theft?

    1. And taking the amount they spent out of their pension checks.

    2. QUALIFIED IMMUNITY!

    3. Or just de-activating their damned gas cards.

      1. The simplest things are those last tried sometimes.

        1. Reminds me of a comedian’s line: “When I was a teenager, my parents tried everything to convince me to stop smoking pot. Finally, they stopped selling it to me …”

    4. Surveillance cameras, installed by city employees, which will cost more than the gas that was stolen, and which will be mysteriously inoperable when it happens again.

  6. Do you like… my car?

  7. IIRC, Sacramento’s capitol has a secret DMV office so bureaucrats can avoid rubbing elbows with the commoners, or enduring what everyone else has to at the DMV.
    It’s almost as if they insulated themselves from the pain they inflict on the plebs or something.

  8. And Sacramento just increased fuel taxes on the plebs.

  9. Having worked in local government, my guess is that this happened simply because the employees who should have been responsible for shutting off the fuel cards were never explicitly instructed to do so, because the person with the appropriate authority to order that simply forgot to do so. Government employees NEVER do ANYTHING they haven’t been explicitly and properly told to do. Individual initiative is absolutely prohibited.

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