Turning the Company PP&E Into a Sex Toy

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3 Comments

If you get busted by the unwashed masses for sexting,
remember: it could always be worse.

I didn't get a BlackBerry for kicks you know (preferred method of communication for the Fed, duh).

NY Times:

The question in a case argued Monday in the Supreme Court sounded both irresistible and important: Did a California police department violate the Constitution by reading sexually explicit text messages sent by an officer on a department-issued pager?

But the tangled factual record, uncertainty about where technology is heading and occasionally muddled advocacy pointed toward a limited ruling that might provide little guidance to government employers and perhaps none to private ones.

“I just don’t know how you tell what is reasonable,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said. “I suspect it might change with how old people are and how comfortable they are with the technology.”

Listen, if you are using company PP&E for any personal purpose - be it visiting hookers, explicit texting and/or whoring it up at a cheap Travelodge with your mistress instead of using the sweet ass cottage taxpayers are paying for - you have to accept the terms and conditions. Your boss might catch you. Worse, the public might catch you. Maybe your boss is half naked with his thumbs all over the company BlackBerry Messenger, who can say? Don't ask me what I do on mine, I pay my own BB bill, tyvm. Point being, don't end up being Mark Sanford using taxpayer money to hang out with your girlfriend (that's what credit cards are for) and don't be shocked when you get in trouble for sending racy texts on the company phone. Or pager. PAGER? Who still has one of those?

Also, since when do we care about the Constitution? I thought we gave up on that forever ago.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


Pinky Swear said...

You have to accept the terms and conditions, but one issue is figuring out what they were. The official policy covered only email, not text messages, and the supervisor, they allege, told them they could send and receive personal messages as long as it didn't cost the employer any extra money and the employer would not read those texts.

Maybe I'm paranoid, PS, but I am cautious about using company equipment. I assume that using it means I have to accept the consequences if they discover anything I did on it.

Maybe that's why I "retired".

It may not be implicitly stated but something about employment and ownership would sort of automatically make activities on it fair game.

Just IMHO.

Pinky Swear said...

You're shattering my illusions of a fearless, daredevil JDA.