The mayor of New York City is used to getting himself in trouble.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is known to ruffle a few feathers, but this time he has crossed the line by being a bully and threatening his staffers.
“What do I need to get you guys to follow a direct order? Do you need to experience consequences?” he threatened in one 2015 email, according to the New York Post.
“I’m not raising this again: fix it, or I will [have] no choice but to find a way to penalize people. Not my preference, but I won’t have my instructions ignored,” he added.
The angry mayor lit into his employees for the stupidest of reasons. Like not spelling out words phonetically because he’s too lazy to learn how to pronounce them on his own.
“This is literally the 100th time I am reminding you all that phonetic spellings require one syllable to be capitalized to indicate emphasis in pronunciation,” de Blasio wrote in one furious message.
“I have no idea why you guys can’t get it,” he said. “All of the folks in comms, speechwriting and my personal staff who looked at these remarks — it just takes ONE to catch it.”
“I have raised the problem of inconsistency in providing phonetic pronunciation and in providing clearly delineated Spanish (with emphasis on the proper syllable) many, many times,” he wrote. “And yet between all of you, you haven’t fix [sic] the problem, which is bluntly unprofessional.”
Maybe if Mr. De Blasio was a decent human being and asked nicely he would get better results.