Spirited douchery

You might expect this sort of thing from a seven-year-old. But from a state senator?

One morning back in February, Paul Scott tippy-toed into the Senate before session and unscrewed a roller on Carri Hicks’s chair. He also hid her microphone. There’s no word on if he put tape under her mouse, or encased her stapler in Jell-O.

Later that morning, when Hicks arrived for work and attempted to take her seat, the chair gave way, causing Carri to fall to the floor. Startled, confused and hoping she didn’t just flash the world in her dress, she left the Senate chambers to compose herself like a Bachelor contestant who learned she didn’t receive a rose.

Usually, after playing a stupid prank like that, the culprit will come forward, help the victim laugh it off, and then everyone will go play on the big toy at recess. As least that’s how things worked when I was in elementary school.

Paul Scott, on the other hand, does things a little differently. As opposed to admitting that he committed the prank, or even (gasp!) apologizing, he went silent and didn’t fess up. Classy, huh?

The Senate, not unreasonably, launched an investigation, and yes, they had the whole incident on video; Scott, on the spot, issued an apology with about as much sincerity as y0u’d think.

District 43 is stuck with Scott through next year. Let’s hope the opposition takes note of this.


  1. fillyjonk »

    12 April 2019 · 3:30 pm

    Honestly, altering a chair so it will tip someone out could be regarded as assault. You fall just wrong, you break an arm, or worse. That was a stupid and cruel prank.

    (I am grateful now I have the colleagues I do. They never indulged in anything like hazing, 20 years ago now, when I joined the department. In fact, several of them were v. helpful and supportive of me)

  2. McGehee »

    12 April 2019 · 4:28 pm

    Unrelated: How do I set this subscription dropdown to “Don’t subscribe” by default?

  3. CGHill »

    12 April 2019 · 5:17 pm

    That’s a very good question, and I probably need to look into it.

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