is half a warden message better than none?
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on July 24, 2007
Another day, another curious delight courtesy of the US Embassy in Kuwait and its warden messages.
Embassy of the United States of America
Kuwait City, Kuwait
June 24, 2007
To: All American Wardens
From: Consular Section
Subject: Warden Notice 2007 – 11
Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions immediately to all American citizens within your area of responsibility:
Yesterday morning 23 July, a suspicious substance was discovered in an envelope that had been delivered to the Embassy. The substance, after thorough testing, was determined to pose no health threat. Embassy operations continue as normal.
My sister Sporty Diamond lived through the Washington, D.C. anthrax scare of 2001. In fact, I remember attending a Halloween party at her flat – dressed fetchingly as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” – at which the anti-anthrax drug Cipro was not only a popular costume choice but also a prescribed drug for several party-goers.
I suspect that the US Embassy’s mailroom staff might also have remembered the anthrax attacks (as might the sender of the mysterious substance). But why send out a half memo? Either send a memorandum that gives full details of the event, including why the substance was considered suspicious and what it turned out to be; or – if the Embassy fears a spate of annoy copy-catters – send no memo at all.