A state department is caught wasting time and money

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A game of solitaire

Remember when this was the preferred method of wasting time by state employees?

Shocking headline, huh? Can’t believe it, huh? Want to learn more now, don’t you?

As if California’s Department of Parks and Recreation scandal wasn’t enough to irritate the snot out of us (the Sacramento County district attorney will not pursue criminal charges against California state parks officials because of a “failure to identify any crime”), we learn from CBS13 that more fun and frivolity occurred recently at Capitol Bowl in Sacramento.

It was the middle of a work week — but that didn’t stop the State Department of Parks and Recreation from having a little fun. On state time, driving state vehicles and transporting state workers flown in from Southern California for “training,” the employees dined, bowled and laughed, a CBS13 On The Money investigation has learned.

Say what you will about this incident, I found the real issue to be with the ease folks have in lying these days.

When employees finished bowling around 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 a CBS13 producer followed them back to their office in Old Sacramento, where they denied what our cameras caught them doing.

“You weren’t at the bowling alley?” a producer asked an employee.

“No,” he said, shaking his head.

“Our cameras saw you at the bowling alley,” the producer said. “Do you have anything to say sir?”

“No, I don’t,” he said.

Ha! This one is my favorite, the preferred response of a liar.

“Can you tell me anything about that party you had at the Capitol Bowl just now?” the CBS13 producer asked.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” the employee said, closing his door and driving away.

Ah, there it is. People win again.

Oh, and don’t forget to Save Our State Parks. Yeah, taxes.

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