Pennsylvania Councilman Uses City’s Emergency Alert System To Pull Off Douchiest Prank in History

Politicians abuse the power of their office for their personal gain all the time but even the dumbest of the bunch knows that if they’re going to stoop that low, it better be for something awesome like an actual truckload of money delivered to their bank with a municipal dump truck. Or, the creation of a Swedish supermodel militia.

Matt Staniszewski, a Washington, Pennsylvania city councilman, used his office access to do something that even a fourth grader would think is a waste of time. He sent out a public email alert through the city’s transit emergency alert system about an old college buddy that read “This is an alert. Bryan is gay.”

The alert was originally written as a test message but it accidentally went out as a real alert to area subscribers. The only thing more hilarious is how Staniszewski tried to weasel out of his mistake. Rather than just own up to a simple boo-boo, he actually tried to make people believe that his use of the word “gay” could have referred to its other definition by saying “We all know that the word means happy.” The only way it could have been more hilarious is if he released his response through the emergency email alert system.

There’s also an interesting coincidence lying just beneath the surface of this story. Staniszewski also serves on the board of directors for the company that won the city’s contract to provide the transit emergency alert system. Of course, his little stunt has earned him a possible investigation for conflict of interest. I’ll bet he’s not feeling so “gay” right now.

via Gawker



  1. Adam says:

    That's hilarious.

    Reminds me of a story from my school days years ago. We were working on our C++ projects, and when one of my friends looked away, I inserted a line to have it run the command "net send * I eat poop", which would have all the computers on the network display a popup message stating "I eat poop".

    It was right in the middle of the screen, so I was hoping that he would see it, he didn't though, so he compiled the program. I quickly stopped him from running it, since the IT was already pretty pissed at our class, he laughed, but my other friend then reached over and hit run. He didn't realize that the program was already compiled, and was expecting to get an error that he needed to compile first. Instead, every computer on the network got the popup…

    Every computer. In every building, in each campus, got this message. We had to explain to them why the Dean was calling in from another city to ask why his computer suffers from coprophagia…

    1. nycbass says:

      For the janitor's sake, hopefully no one tried to actually feed their computer

  2. Jacques Smith says:

    I found this article quite controversial that how we used emergency alert, mostly emergency alerts are used by higher authority and people who has unlimited authority and power to rule over the city but in somehow these power are giving to people to utilize for beneficial purpose.
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