Not The Onion…Obamas British Cousin Sues Scotland Yard After Colleagues Farted In Her General Direction
Marie Auma is hoping to parlay her colleagues alleged breaking of wind into a 400,000 ($610,540) taxpayer funded windfall.
Thats a girl Marie, reach for the moon.
Via the Telegraph:
A British cousin of Barack Obama is suing Scotland Yard over claims colleagues made her life a misery by deliberately breaking wind near her desk.
Marie Auma, who related to the US President through her aunt, Kezia Obama, who is his Bracknell, Berkshire-based step-mother, is demanding 400,000 from the Met over claims that she was belittled and humiliated during a two year campaign of harassment.
The 57-year-old, whose civilian police job involved liaising with the victims of crime, alleged she was subjected to a culture of bullying which eventually resulted in her suffering a mental breakdown and being forced to retire.
Miss Auma, who attended Mr Obamas inauguration in 2009, claimed two colleagues would deliberately break wind near her desk at Southwark Police station in a bid to humiliate her and destroy her esteem.
Launching a bid for compensation at the Central London County Court, lawyers for Miss Auma said problems had begun in 2007 when she was refused time off to travel to Kenya to visit the graves of her two brothers who had been killed in a car accident.
When she complained about the refusal she alleged that she was branded a trouble maker and was ostracised in the workplace
The court heard that she had to take time off work due to chest pains in the second half of 2008, which she put down to anxiety and stress caused by her situation at work.
After suffering a mental breakdown and being admitted to hospital she never returned to work and was retired on health grounds.
The Metropolitan Police denies liability and the hearing continues.
According to Met barrister Ian Daniels, Miss Auma booked her trip to Kenya before getting permission from senior staff and that she was refused her leave before she even purchased her plane ticket.
Met barrister, Iain Daniels, said the officer in question, who has not given evidence, vehemently denied the allegation.
This piece of childishness that you allege didnt in fact happen, did it? he put to her.
But she replied: It did happen several times. It became a common practice.
Mr Daniels said Ms Auma had booked her trip to Kenya without first getting permission.
He said senior staff had refused her leave before she even bought the flight ticket.
Marie Aumas lawsuit reeks of self-entitled sour grapes.