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Office Space Joke Gets GWU Student a Visit from Police

Office Space jokes: They're dated, but are they also threatening? Referencing the 1999 comedy earned one George Washington University a visit from campus police earlier this week, as well a request to sign a statement saying that he wouldn't burn down university buildings.

The trouble for freshman Ryan W. Moorman started on Wednesday, according to the GW Patriot, a student politics blog that first reported on Moorman's woes. Frustrated with construction at the university, Moorman tweeted that he was about to start a fire, and followed that tweet up with a picture of put-upon Office Space character Milton with the text "Imma Burn the Building Down." But the George Washington administration apparently didn't appreciate the joke.

Moorman was soon visited by a campus police officer, who asked him to write a statement saying that he didn't plan to start any fires. "It is not my intention to burn the Mount Vernon Campus," Moorman writes in the statement. "It was a reference to Office Space."

Problem solved, and no fires started at George Washington. Moorman declined to comment on the incident, citing the advice of his lawyer, while a spokeswoman for the university said the case has been dismissed.

Photo via Flickr user bclinesmith via a Creative Commons license

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  • Frank

    He screwed up the line badly. Should have been "...set the building on fire."

  • Tom

    good job on the apology. ya don't wanna find yourself in Federal "pound-me-in-the-a$$" prison