HR Strange But True!
June 07, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes, it can get downright strange...

Security guards on the prowl

Security guards who worked at the Tri-County Mall in Springdale, Ohio, have said in sworn court depositions that they used an empty store at the mall for what the Cincinnati Post terms "sexcapades."

''It was a vacant retail space with a skylight and a ceiling painted to look like the sky. The guards kept blankets and pillows in the space for the purpose of having sex with girls they would pick up in the mall, usually employees of the vendors in the mall,'' Valor Valor Security Services employee Brian Whisman said in an April 17 deposition, according to the Post.

The depositions were part of a civil suit in which a guard, Christopher Von Bargen, sued the security company. In the suit, Von Bargen accused his boss of exposing himself and grabbing his genitals while threatening to perform a sex act on him.

After four days of trial, Valor agreed to pay Von Bargen $25,000 to dismiss the case, the Post reported.

Von Bargen said his boss, Jeff Couch, director of security at the mall, harassed him until he was forced to quit. He found the harassment hypocritical considering all of the other sexual activity guards were involved in at the mall.

Source: Cincinnati Post

An audit? ID please....

It doesn't pay to hassle the Internal Revenue Service, yet security has gotten to be such a concern in U.S. workplaces that some companies won't drop their guard even for visitors from the IRS .

The Wall Street Journal reports that companies have demanded Social Security numbers, home addresses, and other private data before they will let agents inside their offices.

IRS agents consider the idea more than just intrusive, according to the Journal. "There are safety issues, in case of retaliation from disgruntled taxpayers. We're cautious about providing personal information anywhere," says Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union.

At least IRS agents can tell security to buzz off. A December memo from an IRS official notes that the IRS has the right to say when and where audits can take place.

Source: Wall Street Journal, via
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