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Man found masturbating in California tax building, raising security questions

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration adopted a new anti-nepotism policy on Oct. 27, 2017, after employees complained about the prevalence of family relationships among its 4,000 or so workers.
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration adopted a new anti-nepotism policy on Oct. 27, 2017, after employees complained about the prevalence of family relationships among its 4,000 or so workers. AP file photo, 2014

A man was discovered masturbating in a women’s restroom in the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration building Wednesday, according to an email circulated among employees.

An employee discovered the man “sitting on the toilet ‘pleasuring’ himself” in the late afternoon, according to the email business taxes administrator Thomas Gates sent to employees Thursday morning.

The incident raises questions about security in the 450 N Street building housing the tax-collecting department, which has security guards, badge scanners and heavy glass partitions in its entryway.

The man, who was wearing a San Francisco Giants baseball hat, didn’t work in the building, according to a followup email from Gates.

It wasn’t clear how he got in the building, but camera footage showed him leaving, Gates wrote.

“It was just unfortunate timing that allowed him to access the building,” he wrote in the followup email.

The email said managers were filing an incident report and had contacted California Highway Patrol.

A CDTFA spokeswoman said Thursday the agency was gathering information on the incident.

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Wes Venteicher anchors The Bee’s popular State Worker coverage in the newspaper’s Capitol Bureau. He covers taxes, pensions, unions, state spending and California government. A Montana native, he reported on health care and politics in Chicago and Pittsburgh before joining The Bee in 2018.
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