Federal employee suspended after “noose” prank

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An as-of-yet unidentified employee who makes coins at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia was suspended from his job after he was seen on surveillance video at approximately 3 p.m. on June 28 walking across the factory floor and putting a rope (normally used to close full bags of coins) on a black coworker’s chair. The employee is reportedly Caucasian.

Thinking the rope looked just like a noose, several black employees texted the union president the next day to complain.

In response, the U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general began an internal investigation and issued the following statement:

“We have absolutely zero tolerance for this kind of misconduct reported at the Mint. Secretary Mnuchin has directed that this matter be handled swiftly and seriously. The investigation is moving ahead quickly. We strive every day for a workplace environment that is welcoming and safe for all.”

According to a statement put out by the union, they are “distressed at the nature of this incident and anxiously await the agency’s findings on the matter.”

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