The other day I was assigned to work on a project with one of the [Cabinet Agency] interns from another office. We were over at the main building when he asked if I had been around the building. I said I got a tour from an employee a week ago and asked him if he had taken a tour yet. He said he hadn't but said he had walked around the building and got in trouble. Being curious as to what kind of trouble he could get into walking the building I had to ask.
With a proud look on his face he told me that him and another intern decided to go into the Cabinet Secretary's office to see it and see if they could take a picture with him.
I almost laughed out loud. I had heard this story earlier in the week. They were stopped by the Secret Service, and were asked their names, who they work for and who their supervisor was. Secret Service kicked them out of the building and followed through with a call to their supervisor. I can only imagine the kind of lecture they got from their supervisor. The next day the whole office was asking "did you hear about the stupid interns? What were they thinking?"
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