Imagine an amazingly embarrassing moment at work, possibly a situation in which you, say, shoot yourself in the foot, figuratively speaking, of course. Then, picture the moment caught on tape and posted on the Internet for millions of people to see.
That's what a Drug Enforcement Administration agent recently experienced, except he actually did shoot himself in the foot (you have to see it to believe it). Now he is suing the DEA, saying the agency "improperly, illegally, willfully, and/or intentionally" allowed a tape of the incident to go public, the Smoking Gun reports.
The story began in April 2004 with DEA agent Lee Paige at a school in Florida, leading a discussion about drugs. He also talked about gun safety and presented what he told the audience members was an unloaded Glock .40 firearm, saying some rappers mention the gun in their videos.
Just as he finished saying he was the only one in the room who was professional enough to carry a Glock .40, the gun fired, wounding Paige in the foot. He continued the presentation for another 2 minutes before leaving the classroom for medical attention. Wow--think of the pain he must have been experiencing!
However, since the videotape of the incident started showing up on TV and on the Internet, he has experienced a new round of great pain and suffering, according to a lawsuit Paige filed against the DEA.
Paige says he has become the target of jokes and ridicule since the tape surfaced. Paige says he has suffered emotional pain, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of reputation, loss of opportunity, loss of money, humiliation, embarrassment, and anxiety.
In the lawsuit, Paige accuses the agency of "improper disclosure" of the videotape.
You can watch the video on the Smoking Gun website.
Source: The Smoking Gun