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City Official Quits After Asking Male Bus Driver to Dress Like Cute Old Lady

I will admit, when I first saw this story flit across my feed, I thought I was going to be covering some weird sex thing. Sadly Luckily, it’s a more standard story of corruption in city government that is so shoddy, it feels a little like a Will Ferrell film.

In Cranston, Rhode Island, Sue Stenhouse was the executive director of the Senior Enrichment Center up until last week, when it was revealed that she had asked a male employee of the center to dress as an old woman for a press conference that was used to announce a new program wherein students shoveled snow for the elderly. The man, identified as David Roberts, played along remarkably well, wearing a wig, earrings, lipstick, and even a sticker identifying him as a “Cranston Senior Home Resident”:

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From this story, we get two great quotes:

When asked by local news station WJAR-TV for comment, Stenhouse opened her front door and told the reporter, “I’ve been in a meeting all night being a great public servant for the city of Warwick and then I get this bullshit?”

When approached by the AP, Roberts, salon owner Elaine Mancuso copped to selling Roberts the wig. “He says to me, ‘Elaine, do you have a wig that I could borrow? I have to get dressed as a senior. I said, ‘Oh, my God. He wanted it for that.’ I probably would have given him a better wig if I had known.”

h/t Gawker

[beautiful image via screengrab]

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