May 4th, 2003

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Life imitates (comedic) art: the UN

So, has anyone seen that SNL sketch where the UN members are discussing Iraq (it was from a few months ago, this season though) and then they start talking about lunch, and how they should find the most expensive restaurant possible, bring everyone they know, take as many limos as possible, leave them running to block the streets and use as much gas as possible, and help themselves to a free lunch, since they've got diplomatic immunity?

Well. Er. Here's an article on Time.com:
Food Fight.

"When the Food Workers Union stages an impromptu walkout at the U.N., the diplomats start looting for lunch and booze
By STEWART STOGEL/U.N.

Saturday, May. 03, 2003
Hunger pains can apparently turn even the most upstanding diplomat into a looter. At noon on Friday, food workers at the U.N. headquarters walked off their jobs, calling a wildcat strike. The result: none of the U.N.'s five restaurants and bars was staffed. The walkout left thousands of U.N. employees scrounging for lunch -- eventually, the masses stripped the cafeterias of everything, including the silverware."
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