Are you busy every single second at work?
Caroline Beinke isn’t. A staffer for Australian MP Victor Dominello, she submitted a request for “extended internet access” so she could play Bejeweled Blitz on her PC at work. "When I have long conversations on the phone to constituents it is my version of doodling, a mental chewing gum of sorts," she said.
Can you guess how Dominello responded to the request? Well, if you read the title of this story it’s unlikely anything’s going to come as a surprise to you but here goes:
"My staff work very very hard. If they are sitting at their desk on hold to a department for 15 minutes, I do not have a problem with it. I have no difficulty with this request provided it is acceptable to the Clerk/Speaker.”
Unfortunately, it most likely won’t be acceptable to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Richard Torbay who said, “I have not seen this specific request but I can say this: I put filters in place to stop staff accessing inappropriate websites in the Parliament and I do not think we should be paying people to play games."
Bummer. I guess she’ll have to stick with downloadable games (of which Bejeweled Blitz is one) and learn to keep her fingers on the Alt and Tab keys.
Image Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen