WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) — A secret taxpayer funded “mancave” used by government contractors has been uncovered in Woburn.
FOX 25 obtained an audit performed by the US Inspector General’s office that found gym equipment, sleeping bags and a bike repair tool kit inside a warehouse at a Woburn office park rented out by the EnvironmentalProtection Agency.
The EPA says the warehouse in Woburn is used to store equipment needed for emergency response in the area. Instead, it was being used as a mancave by contractors hired by the federal government..
“Every guy wants to have a mancave, but they get one paid for by the taxpayers of the federal government,” said Greg Sullivan, research director at the Pioneer Institute and former state Inspector General. “And that’s really unfortunate.
At the Woburn location, “they actually saw a climbing wall,” said Kevin Christensen, who is with the EPA office of the Inspector General.
The audit was done between April 2013 and August 2014. The EPA leased the 4,500 Sq. foot at a cost of $71,000 per year. Contractors paid more than half a million dollars to manage it.
The inspector general found contractors were “having personal packages received at the epa warehouse, storing and potentially using exercise equipment and bicycle repair equipment, and storing personal sleeping bags in vacant spaces,” according to the audit.
When asked why the EPA needed this type of storage facility, Sullivan said “well, that’s one of the questions the federal IG’s office is hammering here. Why do we need this much space? They looked at what’s being stored. Not a lot of it is needed, should never have been stored in the first place.”
Hey Fox, thanks for the hard hitting journalism. Maybe for your next piece you can investigate what the fuck an actual MancaveMantown is, because that’s the worst MancaveMantown I’ve ever seen. Looks like a Siberian prison cell. No TV’S, no pool table, no kegerator, no mention of the RedZone channel? Who the fuck wants to hang out there? The whole point of a MancaveMantown is to be a sanctuary filled with fun and comfort…where plumbing and floor joists keep the farts in and the wives out. If I invited my buddy Dunny over to the EPA MancaveMantown on a Sunday, he’d stab me on the spot. (and piss all over that weight bench in his disappointment that it’s not a BowFlex)
So if the EPA is firing folks over this, I have to assume it’s based on someone’s claim that this was intended to be a MancaveMantown, a clear demonstration of ineptitude. Otherwise on paper, this just looks like a workplace that has a nap area, and an employee gym…aka Google (Or any Tech company pre-2006).
PS. I’m not sure who authorized the phase out of “ManTown” in favor of the ambiguous “ManCave,” but we need to switch as soon as possible. It’s awesome when your wife lets you have a bunch guys in your “ManTown.” ManCave…not so much.
Double PS. Mr. Despicable has never been invited to ManTown. Probably because he never shuts up about flight school.
h/t to Mahk for the link.