I bet ESPN employees thought they escaped “Lice epidemics” when they finally moved from elementary school to middle school, but, unfortunately for them, that is not the case.
ESPN sent around a memo this week warning its employees of the apparent lice outbreak they are dealing with at HQ. It is not a pretty scene in Bristol.
As a proactive measure, I am writing to make all of you aware that over the past week, several Talent and Make-up Artists have reported being exposed to lice. We have taken several actions since we learned of the situation Tuesday:
Members of our make-up team immediately thoroughly sanitized and disinfected the preparation room, prior to servicing any clients on Tuesday;
Our make-up team is using a sanitization protocol on all instruments, and are using new care products to ensure that no spread can occur;
We appreciate your patience as we temporarily close the make-up room in Building 4 starting tomorrow morning (Talent will be prepped in the DC-1 and DC-2 make-up rooms);
Any impacted individuals on the make-up team have checked and treated themselves, and the entire team will remain vigilant to ensure that neither they nor our Talent are exposed to lice; and
Any Talent who had their hair styled in the exposed area or was exposed to someone known to have lice has been individually informed.
If in the coming days, you have any concerns or experience any symptoms of lice, please see your doctor or reach out to me immediately, so that we can conduct a check for you and discuss any necessary treatment.
There is nothing worse than getting lice. The feeling of having your skull be a host organism for a disgusting tribe of creatures is not something I would wish on my worst enemy. The weird shampoo, the potential embarrassing haircut, watching Mom take all your cool hats and put them in the garbage (even that cool Astros hat you got during the team’s last home series in the Astrodome.) Not to mention the constant fear of itching your head once school nurses have finally determined that you are “clear.”
Sounds like some angry ESPN moms will be driving their talented reporter-children to the Bristol Shopping Center SuperCuts for a quick trim. It’ll be a fun week to watch the World Wide Leader..
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