My daughter’s third grade class arranged a field trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in DC for today. We were scheduled to go in as two groups starting at 10:15. Because DC traffic sucks(due in part to horribly timed traffic lights) we arrived a few minutes late for the first tour. The lovely people at the bureau informed the teacher that due to our lateness, they could not accommodate the entire group. When they were asked if we could send the kids in with the teachers and leave the parents out, they refused. A parent who is a local DC police officer(and who arranged the trip) talked to everyone he could and they still refused to let all of the kids in to the tour. My daughter’s class got to go in since our parent arranged the trip and were faced with a very rude and angry security person as they were screened. She constantly yelled at the kids and the parents and did not seem to realize that 8 year olds don’t have a lot of experience with government security requirements. What a lovely introduction to the United States Government these kids received. Great job representing our county!
On the other hand, the people at the Capitol(the second stop on the tour) were very nice and very good with the kids. Maybe the Engraving a Printing people need to take a class with the Capitol police on how to deal with visitors in a civil manner.