SDOT tweet angers some motorists, prompts apology
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Department of Transportation has apologized for a tweet that angered some drivers.
The tweet read, "You get a scumbag hat, you get a scumbag hat, everyone gets a scumbag hat! Haha, I'm mean #sorry"
The person running the department's twitter account put a hat on top of drivers who were backed-up and on the West Seattle Bridge Monday morning. The hat references an internet meme known as Scumbag Steve. It's considered an insult and infers that you're a low-life.
"It's not the first time they've ribbed us over our traffic and the commuting on the bridge. But, this one took it really to an unprofessional level," said Joe Szilagyi with the West Seattle Transportation Coalition.
SDOT Communications director Rick Sheridan said the employee who tweeted the picture has been spoken to.
"We do want our operators to be professional as they utilize social media, but our goal is to inform drivers so they can make a better decision and not to insult them. So if anyone was insulted by this tweet, we certainly do apologize," Sheridan said.
The employee also later tweeted, "was talking about people rubbernecking at collision scene and causing delays. Apologies if we offended."