HR Strange But True!
November 29, 2001

At the risk of sounding obvious: It's a bad idea to scribble the word "Taliban" on mail meant for the boss.

This piece of common sense apparently escaped George Carnero, who really should have known better, given that he's a 19-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The Miami Herald reports that Lt. Carnero was relieved of duty - and faces firing - for writing the T-word on an envelope addressed to Capt. Bill Press. Carnero, who was sorting mail at the time, figured Press, 49, would be the next person to see the envelope and realize it was a prank, according to Carnero's lawyer, Michael Cornely.

But a civilian clerk saw it first and panicked, the Herald reports. Firefighters were called to the scene, and they treated the envelope as a possible anthrax letter.

Carnero "feels bad," Cornely told the newspaper. "This was not an intentional hoax to frighten people." Carnero meant to poke fun at Press for his reputation as a strict, by-the-book supervisor.

Asked to comment, Press said: "No comment."

Source: Miami Herald.

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