Earlier this month, Minnesota Lawyer revealed that the Hennepin County Government Center was having a problem with mice. Now, it appears, the county is having a problem with employees.
A pest control company was called when the mice woes surfaced, but it couldn’t start its extermination efforts until January because there would be too much food in the building during the holidays for the aggressive plan to be effective. Apparently, some Government Center employees couldn’t wait.
The employees’ efforts at self-help apparently spurred a five-page memo from the county on the “pest control initiative.” The memo stated in part: “Employees are asked to take their products home immediately or they will be thrown out during the cleaning. It’s important to point out that it’s not acceptable for employees to take pest control action into their own hands, as there are guidelines and procedures that need to be adhered to.”