June 7th, 2013
07:36 AM ET
10 years ago

Watchdog: 'man caves' hidden at government warehouse

Washington (CNN) - Contractors at an Environmental Protection Agency warehouse were careless with inventories, and used government furniture and appliances to create hidden "man caves" complete with couches and TVs, an agency watchdog alleges.

Out of sight of the security cameras, and often hidden behind screens or boxes, employees created rec-rooms with furniture and appliances from government storage, according to an audit, feathering their nests with televisions, DVDs, refrigerators, microwaves, and couches.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Meh. A lot of whining in the full article. Such as: "Why are we storing things we don't need, wah wah" - um, perhaps because it can be even more expensive to recycle the stuff or dispose of it? Perhaps no one else wants it? And considering there was rat feces in some of these warehouse rooms, I'm not exactly sure that qualifies as lap-of-luxury living at taxpayer expense. One thing I didn't see discussed in the article: were these used as break-rooms? I suspect they were, in which case, this is really about nothing. (Civil service employees are allowed to take breaks at work, Walmart shoppers.)

    Anyone else getting tired of the right-wing snippiness in the choice of stories to pursue by the Ticker? If I wanted partisan slants to stories, right or left, I'd go elsewhere. Since CNN has now decided to be Diet Fox, as the tenor of almost all these stories suggests, perhaps elsewhere I shall go.

    June 7, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Why do the call it "man" cave, anyway? That looks like a weight room in the picture. Maybe it's a covert day care center disguised as a weight room. Well folks, when you ask for government transparency this is what turns up.

    June 7, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    The obvious solution is to raise taxes.

    June 7, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. McShannon

    Very small potatoes to pick at but if it makes a little news well here it is. Some men used some unused space in a warehouse to relax presumably at break time or as a place to meet privately. Oh my! In the mean time Congress is letting interest rates on college loans double, twice what banks pay. In North Carolina Legislators are considering taking away the mortgage interest break so that rich men don't have to pay more taxes. Someone should be working on a work program to replace welfare but muck raking is obviously more important. What a lazy do nothing Congress and they complain about people receiving checks for doing nothing.

    June 7, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. jammingwithedward

    What "accomplishments" ??

    June 7, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. TommytheT

    wow so many find this acceptable? Does help explain the outcome of so many elections when we send incompetent folks back to Washington DC to just foolish spend and waste more of our hard earned Tax dollars.

    June 7, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |