Pay taxes and subscribe to the social contract because they expect to be protected by their government. And this generally works out. Police and fire departments are a prime example of this. Another example is the Colorado Emergency Operations Center in Centennial, CO., which is comprised of at least 30 computers which are supposed to be used by local, federal and state officials in emergencies. These computers are to be used just in case – except when trying to buy World Series tickets.
200 state workers were going to use the state-owned supercomputers to try and snatch up some tickets. Or that was the plan, as approved by David Holm, acting director of the Division of Emergency Management and Susan Kirkpatrick, directory of the Department of Local Affais. In an excerpt Holm sent out in an email last Friday he said the following:
"I need volunteers to help push the buttons in attempting access. You will need to use break time, lunch time or leave time to do this and the only real perk I can offer right now is that if someone does not pay for their tickets within 3 days, you will get first crack at them," said Holm in the e-mail.Well, somehow word got out, and Kirkpatrick had to put an end to their scheme. Maybe they realized what the computers were for? And now state officials are looking for some accountability...and punishments.
Holm said they would be using the personal credit cards from Kirkpatrick and Holm, and not their own.
State Rep. Mike May of Douglas, the House minority leader, sent a letter to Ritter calling the scheme a “serious indiscretion” by Susan Kirkpatrick, director of the state Department of Local Affairs and a member of Ritter’s Cabinet.Kirkpatrick now claims that the scheme was really just an effort to keep her employees from leaving work to get the tickets, which sounds quite different than the stated reasoning of the email, doesn’t it? I’ve got no problem with people using work computers for things that aren’t work related – it happens all the time. But maybe stay away from the emergency supercomputers, eh?
“In the case of an emergency, these computers could literally mean the difference between life and death for Colorado citizens,” May wrote.