January 31, 2006

Going Postal

It's happened again - a postal worker goes on a rampage, killing coworkers and then herself, this time in Goleta, CA. Pretty horrific.

You wonder why this is so common that it's become something between a DSM diagnostic code and a punchline. I can think of a lot more mind-numbing and soul-destroying places to work - surely for all of its bad PR, we do not often talk of "Going Walmart" or "Big Mac Attack" or "Pulling a GM".

Perhaps its the civil service aspect - attracting a certain kind of person looking for a certain kind of workplace security - and the combination of a personality type and a work environment provides the combustible mix.

I dunno. Scary.

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