"Do not serve us stale bread" CIA cafeteria complaints

"However, when an item is in the title of the Jazz Salad, please make an effort to include this item in the actual salad."
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy

In their book The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records, Charles Davis and David Cuillier give the example of requesting cafeteria complaints as a sort of "test" to get a feel for how an agency responds to FOIA. Jason Smathers tried this out on the CIA ... and well, the rest is history.

Yes, apparently spies - just like us - too have to deal with such everyday culinary indignities as mislabeled soda machines ...

insufficient nuts ...

a dearth of vegetarian/vegan options ...

and worst of all, sub-standard Subways.

The request prompted a 2013 follow-up by George LeVines, who found that while the tone seemed to have shifted a lot more towards the complimentary ...

there were still grievances to be aired. Such as this one agent who was unamused by the cafeteria's playful take on the Cyrillic alphabet ...

the latest installment in the waking nightmare that is the life of the gluten intolerant spy ...

and of course, the infamous Jazz Salad Scandal of 2012:

Read George Levine's full response embedded below, or on the request page:


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