Seattle responded to request for text messages by photocopying a phone

American ingenuity is alive and well in the Evergreen State

Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy

Last year, Seattle-based activist Phil Mocek requested text messages sent by mayor Ed Murray to his staff. Unsurprisingly, the mayor’s press team responded fairly quickly - albeit in a fairly surprisingly way.

Yes, the Mayor’s PR team apparently felt that the best way to do this would be to pull up the text messages on the phone and then place it on a flatbed scanner, which credit where it’s due, did produce a responsive record. With agencies often going to absurd lengths to avoid fulfilling a request, it’s nice to see one going to absurd lengths to actually fulfill one.

But seriously guys, next time just call IT.

The full release embedded below, and the rest can be found on the request page.


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