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Some days, you just can’t do it. You’re run down. You have too much to take care of in your personal life and you just can’t go work. Hey, I don’t blame you. You gotta do what you gotta do. Call in sick with a fake cough and spend the rest of the day in your undies watching cartoons. Say you have jury duty. Claim Judaism and take off for Tisha B’av (I don’t even know what that holiday is).
But don’t be a shithead and do something stupid and illegal like, oh, let’s say, call in a bomb threat to your place of employment like James Allen Bea from Seattle.
In his attempt to win “HR Nightmare of the Year,” this 21-year-old former employee of a Seattle-based financial services firm sent dozens of emails and texts to his coworkers with incredibly unsettling personal details, as well as bomb threats against them, their significant others and their company. The guy also circulated pictures of his deceased brother in a coffin as well. I don’t even have a joke for that, that’s just all kinds of fucked up.
King County deputy prosecutor Ian D. Ith said in court papers:
“The defendant orchestrated a sophisticated, calculated scheme that delivered waves of terror for weeks, permeating a multi-state company and leaving many people fearful to come to work.”
When I tell you the dude was sending some creepy messages, I wasn’t kidding. This is an email he sent to the guy who trained him in April. It’s something straight out of “Seven”:
“Hello [coworker]. I know you are wondering who this is, but we will get to that later. I’ve watched you for the past 6 months. Where you work, which route you take home, where you grocery shop, where you go for drinks, where that pretty little girlfriend of yours works; need I go on? What do I want you may be wondering? I want you and the rest of your staff to evacuate the building. Failure to do so will harm not only your pretty, soon-to-be wife, but everyone who works for you. I have planted and will detonate 18 C4 explosives in exactly 30 minutes. Take this as a joke, and your staff’s lives will be in your hands.”
By far the most disturbing email you could ever get at work. Well, maybe the “Come see me” email from your boss. Still…