I was offered a job with the city in my hometown and my first day was supposed to be today. My old job has already filled my position. Found out this week that the incoming mayor here took a disliking to the idea of me coming to work here, don't know why, maybe because I had a vote for sign in my yard for the other guy. Anyway, he got online and paid for a background check on me, stuck a business card on it from one of the investigators from the county sheriff's department, and went around showing it to people in town, at the cafe, and to the sitting council members who hired me, claiming he got it from the sheriff's dept and that it was mine. I'd heard rumors that he was trashing me around town but it wasn't until my neighbor called me on Wed to say he caught her on the sidewalk in front of city hall to show it to her that I realized the extent of it. She told me it showed I had pending felony convictions, burglary convictions, even jail time. I don't know who's report he got, but it ain't mine. I've already passed two state and federal background checks this year alone. I called him and he pretended he had no clue what I was talking about. Denied everything. Said he was just a "concerned citizen with no authority" and blah blah blah. I called the county sheriff's office and they flipped out, said they would never have given him such a thing. They reamed him out. He tried to deny it all but finally realized they weren't buying it. Now he's running around saying oh it was just a misunderstanding. I turned in a thanks for the job but no thanks letter to the city council, explaining what was going on and that I could not work directly under a man who would stoop to this level. If things change, please give me a call. He'll be sworn in at a council meeting on Monday. Some of the people he lied to will be at the open forum part to tell what he did. If he's smart he'll resign on the spot, but no one has ever accused him of being smart. Meanwhile, I'm unemployed in one of the crappiest job markets I've ever seen. Normally I don't drink but today I am makin an exception.