Okay, this is sort of a News of the Weird sort of installment, but it was too cool and, well, weird to pass up.
Construction workers in Charlotte, Vermont — on the east shore of Lake Champlain — discovered that someone has been bugging (as in, spying on) officials at town hall.
This from the Burlington Free Press:
Two wireless listening devices hidden in Charlotte Town Hall allowed eavesdropping on town clerk business and private selectboard sessions, town officials said Tuesday.
Neither device was functioning when workers found the bugs in October, nor have authorities determined when, why or by whom they were installed, Town Planner and Selectboard Assistant Dean Bloch said.
Reaction to the discovery ranged from an amused shrug to indignation.
Mary Mead, who has served as town clerk and treasurer for 16 years, said one bug was discovered above her office, and the other in a small meeting room where Selectboard members sometimes convened during executive sessions.
She offered no theories about what town business might have prompted the clandestine tactics.
“Who knows when they were listening in, what they wanted to hear, or what they thought was so darn interesting,” she said.
“It was creepy at first,” Mead added. “Now it’s just goofy.”
Read the full article here.