If you want to get all technical on us, this is more of an HR story than a PR story, but it has certainly changed our perception of the Social Security Administration, so we’ll let it rip anyway.

The SSA recently earned a bit of unwanted publicity by formally reprimanding a federal employee for…excessive flatulence.

That’s right: this airy, fortunately anonymous man earned the ire of his colleagues thanks to his chronic inability to avoid being…gassy in the workplace (you can see why we struggled to find an appropriate stock photo). The language his superiors used to knock the wind out of his sails is worth reading, and senior officials’ quick attempts to quash the story make for an amusing case study in PR damage control.

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