A city official in the town of Cranston, RI thought that she needed an elderly lady as a prop when she gave a press conference at a senior center. You would think that a senior center would have no shortage of such people. But for some reason, there was no one of that description either available or willing. Undeterred, she persuaded a male employee of the center, a bus driver, to don a wig, ear rings, pink lipstick and play the role.
The city official has since resigned under pressure.
I will never understand why people do such silly things. A simple cost-benefit analysis would show that the upside is small while the downside is huge. I also think that while it is perfectly appropriate to laugh at such antics, and the person responsible for this debacle should be reprimanded, it does not rise to the level of a firing offense.