I have the perfect kind of Friday story that zeros in on the bad behavior of one single IRS employee and, by implication, expects you to assume that he was somehow acting in his official capacity or that he is a fair representation of the IRS as a whole. I realize that by discussing this story I am perpetuating these same stereotypes or outright falsehoods, but I do it tongue in cheek. I know there are some good people at the IRS, and every walk of life is represented among its 89,000 employees.
On to the story. 29-year-old furloughed IRS employee, Stephen Sapp, was caught misbehaving at a Pittsburgh Steelers game this past Sunday. I’ll stop right there for a second because I know some people don’t realize that you don’t have to be a boring, bean-counting stiff to work at the IRS (although I think it helps). Newsflash: IRS employees like to have fun on the weekend just like everybody else.
Admittedly, it was a little hard for me to imagine an IRS-type at a Steelers game. And if that was a surprise to you, then the rest of the details are going to blow your mind:
- at Steelers game
- screaming and cursing
- throwing steel crowd dividers
- knocked a woman unconscious
- promptly arrested by authorities
You’re probably thinking, “they got the story wrong; there’s no way this was an IRS employee!” But wait until you find out what he did after being arrested; it might change your mind. Sapp told the police officers, “Listen, I know how this works. How much money will it take to make this go away and to let me go home today?” THERE’S the IRS we all know and love!! The irony of that statement is just too much!