Supervisor with state Dept. of Revenue charged after prank goes wrong

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HARRISBURG, Pa.–A not-so-funny practical joke landed a supervisor at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in hot water with the law.

Gladys Smith gave her employee, Sharon Mingle, a note and told her to hand it over to a bank teller at PSECU inside Strawberry Square on November 4, according to Troy Thompson press secretary for the Department of General Services.

Mingle, a staffer at the state Department of Revenue, wasn’t aware of the joke and didn’t read the piece of paper that said ‘put the money in the bag,” Thompson said.

Mingle gave the bank teller the note–who then contacted authorities.

Within minutes, Capitol Police and Harrisburg Police showed up and arrested a visibly shaken Mingle.

Mingle told investigators that she didn’t know what was written in the message. She explained that Smith, her supervisor at the Department of Revenue, gave her a note and told her to take it to the credit union and bring back what they gave her.

Authorities questioned Smith, who admitted to writing the note–but maintained it was meant to be a joke.

Smith is being charged with disorderly conduct. Mingle wasn’t charged.

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