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Is the Secret Service Payscale that Bad?

April 19, 2012 22 comments

AS many of you might have heard by now, a few members of the security entourage of President Obama, were caught because of their inability to understand the basic protocols involved in dealing with escorts. However a few aspects of this case are especially curious and shed light on another issue which in time will become a far bigger liability. I will draw your attention to certain parts of an article about this story in the NYT.

The disagreement over her price — he offered $30 for services she thought they had agreed were worth more than 25 times that — set off a tense early morning quarrel in the hallway of the luxury hotel involving the woman, another prostitute, Colombian police officers arguing on the women’s behalf and American federal agents who tried but failed to keep the matter from escalating.

Ya.. I know what this is about. You see, he thought that the rates per hour of service were the same as those for overnight stay. They are not! The overnight stay rates are usually the equivalent of 6-8 hours of their hourly rate. Remember that! Never hire an escort for anything over 2 hours because after 2-4 nice nuts, there is not much left to do or even talk about. Moving on..

There was a language gap between the woman, 24, who declined to give her full name, and the American man who sat beside her at the bar and eventually invited her to his room. She agreed, stopped on the way to buy condoms but told him he would have to give her a gift. He asked how much. Not knowing he worked for Mr. Obama but figuring he was a well-heeled foreigner, she said, she told him $800.

So she told him her rates rather clearly, and any person who has dabbled in this area should know that it is best to walk away if the rates are not to your liking. Bargaining for sex is what pathetic men, such as husbands and boyfriends, do. It seems that in the morning he forgot that he had promised her 800$ and tried to get rid of her with 30$. Things obviously went south after that and the escort left the room in a huff..

She said she was crying and went across the hall, where another escort had spent the night with an American man from the same group. Both women began trying to get the money. They knocked on the door but got no response. She threatened to call the police, but the man’s friend, who appeared on the scene, begged her not to, saying they did not want trouble. Finally, she said, she left to go home but came across a police officer stationed in the hallway, who called in an English-speaking colleague. He accompanied her back to the room and the dispute escalated. Two other Americans from the club emerged from their rooms and stood guard in front of their friend’s locked door. The two Colombian officers tried to argue the woman’s case.

Are these ‘secret service’ people nuts? It is stupid to draw extra attention to yourself in a foreign country. Why did they not just pay the whore off?

A hotel security officer arrived. Eventually, she lowered her demand to $250, which she said was the amount she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. Eager to resolve the matter fast, the American men eventually gave her a combination of dollars and pesos worth about $225, and she left.

and this is what I find most disturbing. You would think that people in such sensitive jobs would be paid enough to have some spare change to pay for a few hookers and other unspecified expenses. I mean.. between three or more agents they had barely 250$. Could they not find an ATM or work some arrangement with the hotels management? Or did they really not have 800$ between, at least three of, them even though they were on an international trip?

In my opinion, the events can be best explained by the hypothesis that the ‘secret service agents, did not actually have that much spare cash on their hands. While I am not aware of the payscale for their jobs, it appears that the current one is a bit too low.

While the idea that people in that particular occupation might seem odd to many, it makes a lot of sense to me. Consider the payscale for people in the armed forces relative to the cost of the equipment they use. Even commercial pilots, especially those working for smaller commuter airlines, make a pittance compared to the cost of the equipment they are using. One of the more bizarre aspects of the ongoing middle-class dream collapse has been the tendency of management to cut or curtail wages of employees involved in jobs which involve real and skilled work. This has gone on at the same time those organizations have hired an increasing number people for much better paid but useless or counterproductive job functions.

What do you think? Comments?