War on Christmas: VA Threatens to Toss Tree, Ornaments

By Kasperowicz, Pete | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, November 29, 2016 | Go to article overview

War on Christmas: VA Threatens to Toss Tree, Ornaments


Kasperowicz, Pete, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


A Department of Veterans Affairs employee is threatening to throw away a Christmas tree that was found in the Philadelphia office.

The threat was made in a Tuesday email, which was marked "Importance: High," from an employee at the Veterans Service Center at the VA regional office in Philadelphia.

"There is a Christmas tree, ornaments, and decorations in the cubicle across from Luis Stevenson's desk (the same cubicle where the scanner is housed)," the staffer said, according to an email obtained by the Washington Examiner.

"If this belongs to you, please claim it," the staffer wrote. "Otherwise it will be discarded on Friday, 12/02/2016."

The employee is Rebecca Cellucci, who is a "coach" at the Intake Processing Center.

In response to questions from the Washington Examiner, the Philadelphia Regional Office said Wednesday that the email was an attempt to get people to remove "clutter" from a common area of the office, and that the VA doesn't have a policy against holiday decorations.

"During this process, they identified a fully closed cardboard box containing a dismantled Christmas tree along with other stored holiday decor," the office said. "An email was sent in an effort to identify the owner of the box, and it was claimed shortly thereafter by a fellow employee. …

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