January 4, 2014

Are you a Klingon warrior?

David Waddell, plumber, and town councilman in Indian Trail, North Carolina, was fed up with all the government bureaucracy in his town, and so he sent the mayor a letter saying he was quitting.

Or, to be precise, "chaq DaHjaj QaQ jaj paj."

Waddell told the Charlotte Observer that he'd had enough with "what he saw as runaway development in the town as well as concerns with how requests for public information were being handled."

The only elected representative of the North Carolina Constitution Party also wants to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in her re-election bid.

Waddell said his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Alvarez was "written in Klingon, the language of a proud warrior race in the “Star Trek” TV shows and movies, as an inside joke. But in case the mayor wasn’t up to speed with his Klingon, Waddell included a translation using Bing.com."

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Credit: Charlotte Observer

Mayor Alvarez was not pleased. He called the letter childish and unprofessional. “It’s an embarrassment for Indian Trail, and it’s an embarrassment for North Carolina,” he said.

Waddell's resignation is effective as of Jan. 31. He is in his first term on the board, and the four-year seat expires in December 2015.

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