ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

.gov as prepper?

So some bureaucrats have recently been severely puzzled upon boarding the elevator at their workplace.

A state building in Downtown Sacramento now has a “riot button” installed in its elevators. The button, with the word “RIOT” spelled out in black and white …

…“Because nobody randomly puts a riot button in there,” [state worker Tanya] Ballard said. “Somebody, the ‘powers that be,’ knows something that we don’t know and they don’t want to alarm us.”

They don’t want to “alarm” people by putting a “RIOT” button in the elevator…

whatinhell are they “preparing” for? What do [they think] they know?

The Department of General Services [which manages the building] was unaware of any other state building that has also added the buttons
… elevators inside the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Building on 5th and N street.

hm. some light on the subject

“It’s bizarre,” state worker Tanya Ballard said. “No one knew, they didn’t say anything about them. Just ‘they’re here, don’t touch them.’”

…said some bureaucrat completely unfamiliar with how humans interact with buttons.

Spokesperson [whoever]: “The buttons were installed as part of our overall safety and emergency plan covering a variety of scenarios; including the need to have the elevator not reach the first floor. The wording is in the process of being changed to more effectively reflect the purpose. We apologize for anyone who was distressed by the wording.”

Yes. It was the wording that disturbed the bureaucrats.

Being unable to reach the first [ground?] floor to exit the building? meh – no problemo.

When someone tells you something about themselves, believe them.


  1. Jess
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:25 am |

    That would come in handy during the Christmas season. One push of the button, and not only would Walmart be empty, everything would be free.

  2. WeeBrowser
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:42 am |

    ” … Said every bureaucrat unfamiliar with human nature … ”
    HAR! HAR! HAR! That covers them all, don’t it?

  3. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:45 am |

  4. Grover Cleveland Brown
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:05 am |

    For a similar response I recommend we all wear yellow vest to vote in 2020.

  5. Dr. Jay
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:47 am |

    On the sway of “wording”: Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.” The waitress replies, “I’m sorry, Monsieur, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk?” [insert rimshot here]

  6. neal
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 1:25 pm |

    Thank goodness they did not install the quiet riot button.
    Big hair and eighties. Probably copyright issues.

  7. MikeG
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 6:18 am |

  8. Posted March 21, 2019 at 5:47 pm |

    No Braille markings for the Riot button? Hmmmm….